Has federalism been eroded?

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To what extent has federalism been eroded?
Federalism eroded
· Model of dual federalism created in 1787 has been increasingly undermined
by the expanding federal government, especially since the 1930s and the
New Deal, and the USA's growth as a superpower forced the President to
need help in dealing with the executive.
· Bush, a Republican, expanded the federal government, creating the
Department of Homeland Security in 2002 as part of the response to 9/11.
He also imposed federal demands on the states, for example the No Child
Left Behind Act, which were education reforms. Education had been
traditionally left to the states, which caused controversy.
· Obama has expanded the scope of the federal government, especially his
healthcare reforms, known as "Obamacare". His administration have also
restricted state actions, by taking legal action, as demonstrated by the
United States vs Arizona in regards to Arizona's immigration laws , and was
partially successful in this.
Federalism has not been eroded
· New Federalism has attempted to reduce federal dominance, through an
increased use of block grants, giving states more independence as it allows
the states to have more discretion in spending federal money
· 1990s= states benefited from the rising economy and allowed several to
have their independence from federal government as they were able to use
their own money, meaning that had a revival of roles.
· States still have autonomy over many issues, for example same sex marriage.
It is legal in Maryland, but it is banned in Indiana. Therefore, they still have
some independence from the states as there is not a uniform policy on all
Federalism, in conclusion, has not really eroded. Though there has been an increase
in federal government, the states are still able to have independence and do not
have much of a reliance on the federal government. Therefore, federalism has not
been eroded in the United States and still works well, as states still have their


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