The Magazine

All Politics Isn’t Local

But more of it should be.

May 27, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 35 • By JAY COST
Widget tooltip
Audio version Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts

The modern left, of course, will never embrace such an idea, having lashed itself to the mast of an all-powerful national government. But conservative reformers are not tied to such ideological preconceptions and should revisit federalism as a potential solution to our policy problems. Richard Nixon’s New Federalism sought to return executive authority to the states, and the welfare reform of the 1990s did likewise, but since then the right’s commitment to federated policy solutions has weakened. It is time to strengthen that commitment, and to make the case that there is more—much more—to federalism than the protection of minority rights. It is, rather, a vehicle by which popular majorities may gain greater control over their government, and a way around the seemingly intractable problem of national gridlock.

Jay Cost is a staff writer at The Weekly Standard.

Recent Blog Posts

The Weekly Standard Archives

Browse 19 Years of the Weekly Standard

Old covers