Federalist No. 7: Is Disunion among the States a Hidden Source of Strength?
Article first published online: 14 NOV 2011
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Public Administration Review
Special Issue: The Federalist Papers Revised for Twenty-First-Century Reality Edited by Paul C. Light of the Robert Wagner School of Public Service at New York University Co-sponsored by the School of Public Affairs at American University and the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California
Volume 71, Issue Supplement s1, pages s15–s21, December 2011
How to Cite
Smith, D. L. (2011), Federalist No. 7: Is Disunion among the States a Hidden Source of Strength?. Public Administration Review, 71: s15–s21. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2011.02457.x
- Issue published online: 14 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 14 NOV 2011
Federalist Nos. 6 and 7 address the problems of disunion that led the founders to imagine a stronger national government, arguing that the states were and would continue to be a source of unyielding conflict without national supremacy. This essay asks how the states have adjusted to the Constitution under the Tenth Amendment and posits that the states are a hidden source of energy toward good government in their own right.