Federal Nation: Perspectives on American Federalism

Federal Nation: Perspectives on American Federalism

by Iwan W. Morgan, Philip J. Davies
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230268951
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/09/2008
Series:
Studies of the Americas Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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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