Guide to Regulatory Reform: The Federalism Rule

Brief Analyses | Regulations

No. 151
Tuesday, January 31, 1995
by Kent Jeffreys

Government is likely to work better when it is as close as possible to the governed. Thus, while national defense requires coordination by the central government, drainage ditch decisions do not. This principle of federalism can be expressed quite simply: The federal government's proper role is limited to carefully defined and constitutionally legitimate problems beyond the reach of the individual states.

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