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Conservative Innovators

How States Are Challenging Federal Power

Ben Merriman

Conservative Innovators

Ben Merriman

232 pages | 3 line drawings, 8 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2019
Paper $32.50 ISBN: 9780226620312 Published April 2019
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780226620282 Published April 2019
E-book $10.00 to $32.50 About E-books ISBN: 9780226620459 Published April 2019

As American politics has become increasingly polarized, gridlock at the federal level has led to a greater reliance on state governments to get things done. But this arrangement depends a great deal on state cooperation, and not all state officials have chosen to cooperate. Some have opted for conflict with the federal government.

Conservative Innovators traces the activity of far-right conservatives in Kansas who have in the past decade used the powers of state-level offices to fight federal regulation on a range of topics from gun control to voting processes to Medicaid. Telling their story, Ben Merriman then expands the scope of the book to look at the tactics used by conservative state governments across the country to resist federal regulations, including coordinated lawsuits by state attorneys general, refusals to accept federal funds and spending mandates, and the creation of programs designed to restrict voting rights. Through this combination of state-initiated lawsuits and new administrative practices, these state officials weakened or halted major parts of the Obama Administration’s healthcare, environmental protection, and immigration agendas and eroded federal voting rights protections. Conservative Innovators argues that American federalism is entering a new, conflict-ridden era that will make state governments more important in American life than they have been at any time in the past century.
 

Contents
Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. Choosing Conflict: The Emerging State Challenge to Federal Power

Chapter 2. State Office as a Support Structure for Conservative Legal Activism

Chapter 3. Formalizing Defiance: Interstate Compacts in the State Challenge to Fiscal Federalism

Chapter 4. The Failure of Federal Electoral Oversight and the Emergence of a State Administrative Paradigm of Voter Restriction

Chapter 5. Conservatism in One State: The Kansas Experiment and the Logic of Reform

Chapter 6. Conservative Innovators and Liberal Emulators: The Future of American Federalism in the Trump Administration and Beyond

Notes

Works Cited

Cases Cited

Index
 
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