Presidential Federalism: Executive Power, Administrative Decentralization, and the Transformation of America's Compound Republic

Nicholas Jacobs
This dissertation is about one source of the American presidency’s vast power: its ability to pursue policy and political objectives within state and local governing institutions. Within the last five years, a number of legal scholars have triumphed the arrival of “executive-centered” federalism in the United States. Through a detailed historical study of the 20th Century presidency, I show that there is a deep history of presidential involvement in state and local politics. Tracing the...
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