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Federalism: Political Identity and Tragic Compromise Hardcover – June 19, 2008

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Malcolm Feeley is Claire Sanders Clements Professor of Law and Social Policy at Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, a former director of Boalt's Center for the Study of Law and Society, a former chair of the Program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy, and a past president of the Law and Society Association. Edward Rubin is Dean of the Vanderbilt University Law School and the school's first John Wade-Kent Syverud Professor of Law.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 238 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press (June 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472116398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472116393
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,876,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I disagree with the previous reviewer's comments.
I bought the book a year ago and would recommend it to students of political science, both undergrad and post-grad.
Feeley and Rubin in the text theorise the concept of federalism. Their definition of federalism is that "federalism is a political setting where a central polity grants some degee of autonomy to geographically defined regions or sub-divisions"

There is nowhere in the book where they base their theory on powersharing alone as a criteria for federating.
Read the book.
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I haven't read this book, yet. However, I've decided to make a comment concerning a statement that I read under the title PRODUCT DESCRIPTION. The statement reads, "Federalism refers to a system in which a centralized national government shares power with member states."

I wonder if "THE Founders' would agree with that statement? I was always under the impression that the term Federalism refers to a system in which state governments share a portion of their power with a centralized national government.

Little wonder that the authors came to the conclusion that they did(judging from other statements referenced under PRODUCT DESCRIPTION).
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