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Polyphonic Federalism: Toward the Protection of Fundamental Rights

Robert A. Schapiro


The relationship between the states and the national government is among the most contested issues in the United States. And questions about where power should reside, how decisions should be made, and how responsibility should be allocated have been central to the American experiment in federalism. This book defends the advantages of multiple perspectives in government, arguing that the resulting “polyphony” creates a system that is more efficient, democratic, and protective of liberties. This groundbreaking volume contends that contemporary views of federalism are plagued by outmoded dualist ... More

Keywords: polyphonic federalism, polyphony, United States, states, government, federal law, fundamental rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226736624
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226736648.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert A. Schapiro, author