- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: January 2023
- Print publication year: 2023
- Online ISBN: 9781009325608
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009325608
Monitoring American Federalism examines some of the nation's most significant controversies in which state legislatures have attempted to be active partners in the process of constitutional decision-making. Christian G. Fritz looks at interposition, which is the practice of states opposing federal government decisions that were deemed unconstitutional. Interposition became a much-used constitutional tool to monitor the federal government and organize resistance, beginning with the Constitution's ratification and continuing through the present affecting issues including gun control, immigration and health care. Though the use of interposition was largely abandoned because of its association with nullification and the Civil War, recent interest reminds us that the federal government cannot run roughshod over states, and that states lack any legitimate power to nullify federal laws. Insightful and comprehensive, this appraisal of interposition breaks new ground in American political and constitutional history, and can help us preserve our constitutional system and democracy.
Alison L. LaCroix - University of Chicago, author of The Interbellum Constitution: Union, Commerce and Slavery in the Age of Federalisms
Sanford Levinson - University of Texas, author of Framed: America's 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance
Maeva Marcus - Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University
Jack Rakove - Stanford University, author of Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution
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