The Present and Future of Federalism
10 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2011
Date Written: Summer 2005
Dr. Brewer-Carias has delivered a serious critique of the trend toward centralization of political and governmental power under Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez that underscores both the theoretical significance of federalism as a check against potential government tyranny and highlights the long-standing autocratic tendencies of President Chavez. In so doing, Dr. Brewer-Carias reminds us that democratic constitutional theory is not an academic exercise, but often arises from the actual confrontation of freedom with would-be, and actual, government oppression.
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