March 3, 2010

State Attorneys General and Federalism

  • Robert Raffety

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Mercatus scholars host a series of interviews with with policy scholars, elected officials and other practitioners about state and local legislative and regulatory reforms.

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There is an emerging trend of state attorney generals serving as enforcement arm of the federal government by issue of federal law. On the podcast this week we discuss how the role of the state attorney general has changed through history, and how this current trend effects federalism.

Joining us to discuss these issues is Rob Raffety, the Associate Director of the Regulatory Studies Program and the Government Accountability Project at the Mercatus Center. In this capacity, Rob manages research for a wide network of economic, legal, and public policy scholars.   Aside from his duties at Mercatus, Rob is an adjunct professor of law and public administration for the GMU School of Law and the Department of Public and International Affairs and teaches a seminar on attorney generals.