America's complex system of multi-layered government faces new challenges as a result of rapidly changing economic, technological, and demographic trends. An aging population, economic globalization, and homeland security concerns are among the powerful factors testing the system's capacity and flexibility. Major policy challenges and responses are now overwhelmingly intergovernmental in nature, and as a result, the fortunes of all levels of ...

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America's complex system of multi-layered government faces new challenges as a result of rapidly changing economic, technological, and demographic trends. An aging population, economic globalization, and homeland security concerns are among the powerful factors testing the system's capacity and flexibility. Major policy challenges and responses are now overwhelmingly intergovernmental in nature, and as a result, the fortunes of all levels of government are more intertwined and interdependent than ever before.

This volume, cosponsored by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), defines an agenda for improving the performance of America's intergovernmental system. The early chapters present the current state of practice in intergovernmental relations, including discussion of trends toward centralization, devolution, and other power-sharing arrangements. The fiscal underpinnings of the system are analyzed, along with the long-term implications of current trends in financing at all levels. The authors identify the principal tools used to define intergovernmental management–grants, mandates, preemptions —in discussing emerging models and best practices in the design and management of those tools.

In tergovernmental Management for the 21st Century applies these crosscutting themes to critical policy areas where intergovernmental management and cooperation are essential, such as homeland security, education, welfare, health care, and the environment. It concludes with an authoritative assessment of the system's capacity to govern, oversee, and improve.

Contributors include Jocelyn Johnston (American University), Shelley Metzenbaum (University of Maryland), Richard Nathan (SUNY at Albany), Barry Rabe (University of Michigan), Beryl Radin (American University), Alice Rivlin (Brookings Institution), Ray Sheppach (National Governors Association), Frank Shafroth (George Mason University), Troy Smith (BYU–Hawaii), Carl Stenberg (University of North Carolina), Carol Weissert (Florida State University), Charles Wise (Indiana University), and Kenneth Wong (Brown University).

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" Intergovernmental Management for the 21st Century is an exceptionally good book, the best available on federalism, and a must read for those seriously interested in public administration." — PA Times (American Society for Public Administration)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815703631
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press and the National Academy of Public Administration
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,274,209
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Timothy J. Conlan is university professor of public and international affairs at George Mason University and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He is the author of From New Federalism to Devolution: Twenty-Five Years of Intergovernmental Reform (Brookings, 1998). His 1988 Brookings book New Federalism was selected by the American Political Science Association as its Best Book on federalism and intergovernmental relations. Paul L. Posner is a professor and director of the MPA program at George Mason University. He previously served as director of federal budget and intergovernmental relations issues at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Posner is the author of The Politics of Unfunded Mandates: Whither Federalism? (Georgetown, 1998). Alice M. Rivlin is a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution and visiting professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. She has been director of both the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Congressional Budget Office, and has served as vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board. Among her previous books is Beyond the Dot.coms: The Economic Promise of the Internet (Brookings, 2001), written with Robert Litan.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Alice M. Rivlin Rivlin, Alice M.

1 Introduction: Intergovernmental Management and the Challenges Ahead Timothy J. Conlan Conlan, Timothy J. Paul L. Posner Posner, Paul L. 1

Pt. I Framing the Intergovernmental Debate

2 Updating Theories of American Federalism Richard P. Nathan Nathan, Richard P. 13

3 Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Evolution of American Federalism Timothy J. Conlan Conlan, Timothy J. 26

4 Intergovernmental Finance in the New Global Economy: An Integrated Approach Raymond C. Scheppach Scheppach, Raymond C. Frank Shafroth Shafroth, Frank 42

Pt. II Testing the Intergovernmental System: Issues and Challenges

5 Developing a National Homeland Security System: An Urgent and Complex Task in Intergovernmental Relations Charles R. Wise Wise, Charles R. Rania Nader Nader, Rania 77

6 Accountability and Innovation: New Directions in Education Policy and Management Kenneth K. Wong Wong, Kenneth K. 102

7 Welfare Reform: A Devolutionary Success? Jocelyn M. Johnston Johnston, Jocelyn M. 124

8 Medicaid waivers: License to Shape the Future of Fiscal Federalism Carol S. Weissert Weissert, Carol S. William G. Weissert Weissert, William G. 157

9 Regionalism and Global Climate Change Policy: Revisiting Multistate Collaboration as an Intergovernmental Management Tool Barry G. Rabe Rabe, Barry G. 176

Pt. III Issues of Governance in the Intergovernmental System

10 From Oversight to Insight: Federal Agencies as Learning Leaders in the Information Age Shelley H. Metzenbaum Metzenbaum, Shelley H. 209

11 Performance Management and Intergovernmental Relations Beryl A. Radin Radin, Beryl A. 243

12 Block Grants andDevolution: A Future Tool? Carl W. Stenberg Stenberg, Carl W. 263

13 Mandates: The Politics of Coercive Federalism Paul L. Posner Posner, Paul L. 286

14 Intergovernmental Lobbying: How Opportunistic Actors Create a Less Structured and Balanced Federal System Troy E. Smith Smith, Troy E. 310

15 Conclusion: Managing Complex Problems in a Compound Republic Paul L. Posner Posner, Paul L. Timothy J. Conlan Conlan, Timothy J. 338

Contributors 353

Index 35

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