For much of its history, the United States had a notably decentralized government structure. Since the 1930s, the national government has undertaken new efforts to regulate the economy and society and to redistribute resources. Those new efforts have implied a greater centralization of authority in Washington. In the past the public often supported such centralization. However, according to a new study from Cato scholars John Samples and Emily McClintock Ekins, public opinion about federalism has changed. Voters are more supportive of decentralized policymaking on many issues where they previously supported a stronger national role.
- “Public Attitudes toward Federalism: The Public’s Preference for Renewed Federalism,” by John Samples and Emily McClintock Ekins