Michael S. Greve on “The Upside Down Constitution”

Over the course of the nation’s history, the Constitution has been turned upside-down, Michael S. Greve argues in his provocative book. The Constitution’s vision of a federalism in which local, state, and federal government compete to satisfy the preferences of individuals has given way to a cooperative, cartelized federalism that enables interest groups to leverage power at every level for their own benefit. Greve traces this inversion from the Constitution’s founding through today, dispelling much received wisdom along the way.
The Upside-Down Constitution shows how federalism’s transformation was a response to states’ demands, not an imposition on them. From the nineteenth-century judicial elaboration of a competitive federal order, to the New Deal transformation, to the contemporary Supreme Court’s impoverished understanding of constitutional structure, and the “devolution” in vogue today, Greve describes a trend that will lead to more government and fiscal profligacy, not less. Taking aim at both the progressive heirs of the New Deal and the vocal originalists of our own time, The Upside-Down Constitution explains why the current fiscal crisis will soon compel a fundamental renegotiation of a new federalism grounded in constitutional principles.  Copies of the book may be ordered from Amazon.

Please join the Orange County Federalist Society on May 16, 2012 for a special presentation by Michael S. Greve, the John G. Searle Scholar with the American Enterprise Institute as he discusses his new book and constitutional interpretation. 

When: Wednesday, May 16, 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 pm (lunch)
Where:    First Floor Conference Center, 2040 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614 (949) 760-0404
Parking:    Please park in the parking structure near the 2040 building and bring your ticket to lunch for validation.  Click here for directions.
Cost: $35 for lunch and 1 hour of MCLE credit. (The Federalist Society is a California State Bar approved provider of MCLE)
RSVP and Pay: To RSVP and pay by credit card, click the Buy Now button on the right. To pay by cash or check at the door, please send the RSVP to Joseph W. Haney III at jhaney@haney-law.com and make checks payable to “The Federalist Society”.

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