Publication Date

Spring 4-30-2018


Helms School of Government


Government: Pre-Law


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


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


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.