Emory Report
October 26, 2009
Volume 62, Number 8


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October 26, 2009
The case for a new federalism

By Dana Goldman

Emory law professor Robert Schapiro has a radical idea: consider the federal and state government as two voices that can harmonize beautifully together, each while retaining its own distinct sounds.
This idea has a word – polyphony -- and Schapiro’s moving it from the world of music and literature to the realm of law. His new book is “Polyphonic Federalism: Toward the Protection of Fundamental Rights.” In it, he discusses the history of federalism in the United States, and explains his new paradigm for viewing government.

Listen to Schapiro talk about polyphonic federalism.