State-Federal Relations: A Policy Tug of War

The new Democratic majority in Congress and the governorships will alter some federal policies and frustrate some presidential policy initiatives, but the centralizing course of federalism will endure, and most facets of coercive federalism will persist. State policy activism will remain vigorous, but the Supreme Court is not likely to resuscitate its federalism revolution.

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John Kincaid is the Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Professor of Government and Public Service and director of the Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government at Lafayette College, Easton, Pa. He is former editor of Publius: The Journal of Federalism; former executive director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations; and co-editor of Constitutional Origins, Structure, and Change in Federal Countries (2005).