Intergovernmental Management for the 21st Century

Intergovernmental Management for the 21st Century

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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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815703631
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 11/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 1 MB

About 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword   Alice M. Rivlin     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction: Intergovernmental Management and the Challenges Ahead   Timothy J. Conlan   Paul L. Posner     1
Framing the Intergovernmental Debate
Updating Theories of American Federalism   Richard P. Nathan     13
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Evolution of American Federalism   Timothy J. Conlan     26
Intergovernmental Finance in the New Global Economy: An Integrated Approach   Raymond C. Scheppach   Frank Shafroth     42
Testing the Intergovernmental System: Issues and Challenges
Developing a National Homeland Security System: An Urgent and Complex Task in Intergovernmental Relations   Charles R. Wise   Rania Nader     77
Accountability and Innovation: New Directions in Education Policy and Management   Kenneth K. Wong     102
Welfare Reform: A Devolutionary Success?   Jocelyn M. Johnston     124
Medicaid Waivers: License to Shape the Future of Fiscal Federalism   Carol S. Weissert   William G. Weissert     157
Regionalism and Global Climate Change Policy: Revisiting Multistate Collaboration as an Intergovernmental Management Tool   Barry G. Rabe     176
Issues of Governance in the IntergovernmentalSystem
From Oversight to Insight: Federal Agencies as Learning Leaders in the Information Age   Shelley H. Metzenbaum     209
Performance Management and Intergovernmental Relations   Beryl A. Radin     243
Block Grants and Devolution: A Future Tool?   Carl W. Stenberg     263
Mandates: The Politics of Coercive Federalism   Paul L. Posner     286
Intergovernmental Lobbying: How Opportunistic Actors Create a Less Structured and Balanced Federal System   Troy E. Smith     310
Conclusion: Managing Complex Problems in a Compound Republic   Paul L. Posner   Timothy J. Conlan     338
Contributors     353
Index     355

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