American Intergovernmental Relations: A Fragmented Federal Polity

Paperback | March 1, 2006

byG. Ross Stephens, Nelson Wikstrom

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The one constant in the American federal system is change--change that is not always beneficial. American Intergovernmental Relations: A Fragmented Federal Polity examines how the dynamic social, economic, and political forces that impinge on American government at all levels shape the waythat our federal system functions. Stephens and Wikstrom--both senior scholars specializing in federalism, intergovernmental relations, and fiscal policy--offer concise, comprehensive, and easy-to-understand coverage of these materials. Beginning with the key elements of federalism, the authors trace these principles as they haveevolved since the founding of the republic and through the various phases and types of federal arrangements as they exist today. They examine and analyze the extreme complexity of the system and the cooperative and conflicting components of vertical and horizontal intergovernmental relations.Stephens and Wikstrom also discuss the impact of public policy and intergovernmental relations on American society in light of rising globalism, rapidly changing technology, and new security concerns. Featuring relevant case studies from the headlines, American Intergovernmental Relations is anideal text for undergraduate and graduate courses in federalism and intergovernmental relations. It is also an excellent text for a different approach to a course in American government.

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The one constant in the American federal system is change--change that is not always beneficial. American Intergovernmental Relations: A Fragmented Federal Polity examines how the dynamic social, economic, and political forces that impinge on American government at all levels shape the waythat our federal system functions. Stephens a...

G.Ross Stephens is Professor of Political Science and Public Administration (Emeritus) at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Nelson Wikstrom is Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.59 inPublished:March 1, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgements1. The United States as a Federal System: Theories, Insights, and Experience2. Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations: Concepts, Models, and the American Experience3. Contemporary American Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations: Cooperation and ConflictCast Study 1. Homeland Security: Intergovernmental Response4. Fiscal Federalism5. Federal Intergovernmental Relations: The National Policy Process and Public PolicyCase Study 2. No Child Left Behind6. Regulation in the Intergovernmental System7. The Resurgent States in the Intergovernmental SystemCase Study 3 . Welfare to Work8. State-Local Relations9. Local Governments in the American Intergovernmental SystemCase Study 4. Semi-Independent State and Local Agencies: Special Districts, Authorities, and Government Corporations10. Intergovernmental Relations: Present and FutureSelected BibliographyIndex