reTHINK Federalism: Our Upside-Down Constitution

Michael Greve, a professor at George Mason University School of Law, will discuss his 2012 book, "The Upside-Down Constitution." Free pocket-size U.S. Constitutions will be distributed to audience members.

Michael Greve, a professor at George Mason University School of Law, will discuss his 2012 book, "The Upside-Down Constitution." Free pocket-size U.S. Constitutions will be distributed to audience members.

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  • Lecture
WhenJan 17, 2013
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Where Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville
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In his 2012 book, "The Upside-Down Constitution" (Harvard University Press), author Michael Greve argues that the Constitution's vision of federalism in which local, state and federal government compete to satisfy individual preferences has given way a to a cooperative, cartelized federalism that enables interest groups to leverage power at level for their own benefit. Greve will trace this inversion from the Founders' vision of the Constitution through today, illustrating how federalism's transformation was a response to states' demands–not an imposition on them. Lastly, he will address the current national fiscal crisis and call for a fundamental renegotiation of a new federalism grounded in constitutional principles.

The event is part of the McConnell Center's 2012-2013 "reTHINK" free and public lecture series. No reservations required - bring family and friends!

Praise for the Book

"Political events and extraordinary scholars have made this a golden age of argument about the Constitution. One of those scholars, Michael Greve, argues that promoting federalism—in the conventional sense of states' rights or the Tenth Amendment—may promote a greater quantity and poorer quality of government. This may seem counterintuitive, particularly to conservatives, but not to those who remember why various states' policies convinced James Madison that the Articles of Confederation had to be replaced by the Constitution."
– George F. Will, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and former McConnell Center speaker (April 9, 2001)

About the Speaker

Michael S. Greve is a professor at George Mason University School of Law. He is also a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He holds a PhD and MA in government from Cornell University and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Hamburg. His specializations include constitutional law, courts and business regulation. Greve's publications include nine books and numerous scholarly articles, editorials and book reviews. Additionally, Greve has provided congressional and state legislative testimony, has lobbied and consulted in federal agency proceedings and has provided litigation services and management in over 30 cases, including matters before the U.S. Supreme Court.