Mandate Madness: How Congress Forces States and Localities by James T. Bennett

By James T. Bennett

What do drivers' licenses that functionality as nationwide identification playing cards, national standardized exams for 3rd graders, the overdue unlamented fifty five mile in keeping with hour pace restrict, the outlawing of the eighteen-year-old beer drinker, and the disappearing mechanical lever balloting laptop have in universal? each one is the made from an unfunded federal mandate: an idea that politicians of either events profess to oppose in concept yet which in perform they generally locate impossible to resist as a method of forcing country and native governments to do their bidding, whereas deciding to buy the privilege.Mandate insanity explores the heritage, debate, and political gamesmanship surrounding unfunded federal mandates, targeting numerous of the main arguable and colourful of those legislation. The instances carry classes should you could problem present or destiny unfunded federal mandates. James T. Bennett additionally examines legislative efforts to rein in or repeal unfunded federal mandates. ultimately, he stories the therapy of unfunded mandates through the federal courts. those that locate knowledge in America's conventional federalist political association maintain?perhaps with extra wishfulness than realism?that the unfunded federal mandate has no longer but joined dying and taxes as an immovable a part of the trendy political landscape.

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