Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
An interesting moment in Supreme Court history was the rise of William Rehnquist to Chief Justice in 1986. Under Rehnquist, the Court for the first time in nearly sixty years issued decisions that limited federal power. However, were the decisions indicative of the destruction of cooperative federalism and the Constitutional Revolution of 1937 or merely exercises limiting the excesses of federal power? This paper argues the latter. Recently, the Court further cemented their belief in cooperative federalism, while limiting its excesses where necessary in the cases of Nevada Department of Human Resources v. Hibbs (2003), Granholm v. Heald (2005), Gonzales v. Raich (2005), Kelo v. City of New London (2005), and Gonzales v. Oregon (2006). The Granholm, Raich and Kelo decisions were clear cooperative federalism victories; while Hibbs retreated from more stringent Eleventh and Fourteenth Amendment jurisprudence and Oregon recognized the limitations of the federal government in the realm of police powers.
Cases; Developments; Federal; Federalism; Recent; Relations; Selected; State
Political science; Law
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Stamcoff, Michael James, "Recent developments in federal-state relations: Selected cases in federalism" (2006). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2031.