Congressional Preemption and the States

National-state relations have undergone a major transformation since 1965, when Congress sharply increased the pace of enactment of regulatory preemption statutes including those in regulatory areas that had been the exclusive preserves of the states. Protection of the reserved regulatory powers of the states against further congressional encroachment will necessitate enactment of new interstate regulatory compacts and/or uniform state laws.

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About the Author
Joseph F. Zimmerman is a professor of political science in Rockefeller College of the State  University of New York at Albany. He is the author of numerous books including Contemporary American Federalism: The Growth of National Power (1992), State-Local Relations (1995), Interstate Relations: The Neglected Dimension of Federalism (1996), Interstate Cooperation:  Compacts and Administrative Agreements (2002), Interstate Economic Relations (2004), and Congressional Preemption: Regulatory Federalism (2005).