Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Spring 4-30-2018

School

Helms School of Government

Major

Government: Pre-Law

Keywords

Federalism, Politics, Conservatism, History, Political Culture, Federal, Government, Political Advocacy, Political Movements, Politics, Constitution, Founders

Disciplines

Constitutional Law | Jurisdiction | Law | Law and Politics | Legal | Legal History | Political History | Public Law and Legal Theory | Social History | State and Local Government Law | United States History

Abstract

This thesis confronts symptoms of an issue which is eroding at the principles of conservative advocacy, specifically those dealing with federalism. It contrasts modern definitions of federalism with those which existed in the late 1700s, and then attempts to determine the cause of the change. Concluding that the change was caused by a shift in American political identity, the author argues that the conservative movement must begin a conversation on how best to adapt to the change to prevent further drifting away from conservative principles.

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