The Enumerated Powers of States

Robert G. Natelson, University of Montana School of Law


In this article, the author distills the essence of the federalists' enumeration of state powers for the benefit of the ratifying public. The article concludes that the listed items strongly suggest that a guiding principle of American federalism is a Coasean one: externalities and/or interdependence, without more, generally do not serve as constitutional justification for further centralization.