The Upside-Down Constitution

The Upside-Down Constitution

Michael S. Greve


Over the process the nation’s historical past, the structure has been became upside-down, Michael Greve argues during this provocative e-book. The Constitution’s imaginative and prescient of a federalism within which neighborhood, nation, and federal govt compete to meet the personal tastes of people has given solution to a cooperative, cartelized federalism that allows curiosity teams to leverage energy at each point for his or her personal profit. Greve lines this inversion from the Constitution’s founding via this present day, dispelling a lot obtained knowledge alongside the way.

The Upside-Down Constitution exhibits how federalism’s transformation used to be a reaction to states’ calls for, now not an imposition on them. From the nineteenth-century judicial elaboration of a aggressive federal order, to the recent Deal transformation, to the modern superb Court’s impoverished realizing of constitutional constitution, and the “devolution” trendy this day, Greve describes a development that would result in extra govt and financial profligacy, now not much less. Taking objective at either the revolutionary heirs of the recent Deal and the vocal originalists of our personal time, The Upside-Down Constitution explains why the present economic predicament will quickly compel a basic renegotiation of a brand new federalism grounded in constitutional principles.

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