REUTERS/HO/National Archives-Oliver Atkins - Richard M. Nixon greets the crowd in a trademark pose while campaigning for the presidency of the United States in 1968.

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Nixon’s New Federalism 45 Years Later

August 11, 2014, Bruce Katz

Forty years ago, President Richard Nixon left office in disgrace. But five years prior to his resignation, he made a landmark contribution to our perpetual debate over the division of power in our federalist system. Taking to national television six months into his first term, Nixon presented a bold vision of what he called “the New Federalism,” detailing his overarching domestic affairs agenda  centered on a new vision of how power should be shared between the federal government and the states.

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