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American Federalism: A Concise Introduction / Edition 1

American Federalism: A Concise Introduction / Edition 1

by Larry N. Gerston
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ISBN-13: 9780765616722
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/15/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 197
Sales rank: 1,217,908
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Creating a New Nation; 1. The Great Political Experiment; Defining Federalism and Organized Power in the "First New Nation"; * Endless Nuances; * The Four Characteristics of Federalism; * Fluidity and Continuity; * Follow the Bouncing Ball - The Uncertainties of Federalism; * Outcomes of Federalism; * Looking Ahead; 2. Reordering the Rules on Power and Governance; Questioning the Traditional Rules on Power and Governance; * New Theories and the Old Regime: Sowing the Seeds of Change; * The Articles of Confederation - First Effort at Self-Governance; * The Constitutional Convention - Second Effort at Self-Governance; * From the Past to the Present; Part II. Organizing a Federal System of Government; 3. The Appeal of Tradition; Tradition: The Conservative Ethic in America; * To Trust or Not to Trust the People - Conflicting Themes; * The Constitution: Assigned Powers and Early Interpretations; * Pitting Liberty Against Equality?; * Tradition, Yes, But What Tradition?; 4. Institutional Change Agents: Political Wellsprings; The Courts as Change Agents; * The President as a Change Agent; * Congress as a Change Agent; * National Institutions on the March; 5. Informal Pressures on the Power Flow; Political Parties; * Interest Groups; * Bureaucracy: Pushing From the Periphery of Power; * Public Opinion; * Informal Pressures: Ambiguous but Real; Part III. The Dimensions of Modern Federalism; 6. Vertical Federalism; National/State Relations; * National/Local Federalism; * State/Local Relations; * National/Private Sector Relations; * Vertical Federalism in Perspective; 7. Horizontal Federalism: Arrangements Among the States; State Political Cultures in the Federal Framework; * Public Opinion and Policy Differences; * State-to-State Competition; * Regional Cooperation; * Horizontal Federalism in the Twenty-first Century; 8. The International Dimension of Federalism; The Many Faces of Globalization; * Immigration; * Security; * International Dimensions in a Domestic Context; Part IV. Continuity and Change; 9. Explaining Federalism in the Twenty-first Century; Problem-Solving in a Defined Political Structure; * Emerging Themes, New Directions, Unanswered Questions; * The Future of American Federalism.

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