Federal Nation: Perspectives on American Federalism

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Federalism is often described as the greatest of the American contributions to the art of government, but it has been an evolving and protean entity since its original establishment in the Constitution. Based on the contributions of international scholars, this volume explores three facets of modern federalism: the vertical tensions over the distribution of authority between national and sub-national governments; the tensions between the national government’s role as the instrument of policy uniformity throughout...

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Overview

Federalism is often described as the greatest of the American contributions to the art of government, but it has been an evolving and protean entity since its original establishment in the Constitution. Based on the contributions of international scholars, this volume explores three facets of modern federalism: the vertical tensions over the distribution of authority between national and sub-national governments; the tensions between the national government’s role as the instrument of policy uniformity throughout the nation and the inclination of the states to take different approaches to similar issues in light of their own political cultures; and the changing context of federalism in the more conservative political context of recent times. In addition, a number of the essays explore the Canadian model of federalism, which helps to place the U.S. model in comparative context.

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“With experienced editors and contributions from scholars of high caliber, The Federal Nation is a well-thought out and cohesively organized volume that engages and advances research on federalism.” —James Pfiffner, University Professor, School of Public Policy, George Mason University

“The breadth of authors is distinguished and impressive in this wide-ranging book on contemporary American federalism. The subject of federalism is approached from various standpoints: historical, comparative, issue-based, legal/constitutional and functional. Federalism is at the very heart of the American system. Writing and controversy surrounding the presidency of George W. Bush have tended to be overwhelmingly concerned with foreign policy and, to a slightly lesser extent, with the growth of presidential power and authority. The Federal Nation shifts the focus to Bush’s ‘big government conservatism’ in the context of relations between Washington and the state and local governments. This is an excellent approach and a significant contribution to the field.”—John Dumbrell, Professor of Government, School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230609402
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/15/2008
  • Series: Studies of the Americas Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Iwan Morgan is Professor of U.S. Studies and Head of U.S. programs at the Institute for the Study of the Americas. He is the author of numerous books and articles in his specialist field of economic policy and is currently writing a book on presidents and the Budget deficit. Philip Davies is Professor of American Studies at De Montfort University and Director of the British Library’s Eccles Center for American Studies. He is a specialist in U.S. electoral politics, on which he has published extensively.

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Table of Contents

PART I: AMERICAN FEDERALISM IN NATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
• Federalism, the Bush Administration, and the Evolution of American Politics—Tim Conlan
• What a Difference a Few Decades Make: American Conservatism, Constitutional Issues, and the Bush Presidency—Joel D. Aberbach & Gillian Peele
• Canada's "Open Federalism": Past, Present, and Future Tense—Christopher Dunn
PART II: AMERICAN FEDERALISM IN TRANSITION * Three Faces of Contemporary American Federalism—John Kinkaid
• Fragmented Structures and Blurred Boundaries: Strategies for Regional Governance—Carl W. Stenberg
• Congressional Devolution of Powers—Joseph Zimmerman
PART III: AMERICAN FEDERALISM AND INEQUALITY * Hurricane Katrina and the Persistence of Racially Structured Federalism—Kimberley Johnson
• The Politics of the State Children's Health Insurance Program—Douglas Jaenicke & Alex Waddan
• Understanding the Politics of Rights in a Punitive Era: Indigent Defense 1972 to the Present—Alissa Worden & Andrew Davies
PART IV: AMERICAN FEDERALISM AND SOCIAL ISSUES
• Gay Rights, the Marriage Protection Amendment, and the States—Edward Ashbee
• Clearing the Air: The New Politics of Public Smoking in the US—Christopher J. Bailey
• Abortion, the Judiciary, and Federalism in North America—Robert McKeever
• Federalism and American Federal Education Policy—Jon Parker

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