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Conservative Innovators: How States Are Challenging Federal Power

Ben Merriman


This book describes how conservative state-level officeholders, including governors, attorneys general, and secretaries of state, mounted a major challenge to the Obama Administration and federal power more generally. The opportunity for this challenge to federal power arose from the conjunction of several processes: marked growth in executive power at both the national and state level; shifts in administrative law doctrine friendly to state litigation; and high party polarization that yielded regularly divided national government but single party dominance of state governments. Conservative e ... More

Keywords: federalism, state government, conservatism, attorneys general, governors, Obama administration, Republican Party, polarization, administrative law, executive power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226620282
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226620459.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben Merriman, author
University of Kansas