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American Federalism A Concise Introduction

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ISBN-10: 0765616726

ISBN-13: 9780765616722

Edition: 2010

Authors: Larry N. Gerston

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This concise and engaging book boils the discussion down to its essence: federalism is about power, specifically the tug for power among and within the various levels of government.
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Book details

List price: $55.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 2/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 197
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Larry N. Gerston, professor emeritus of political science at San Jose State University, interacts with the political process as both an author and an observer. As an author, he has written eleven academic books in addition to CALIFORNIA POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT: A PRACTICAL APPROACH, including MAKING PUBLIC POLICY: FROM CONFLICT TO RESOLUTION (1983), POLITICS IN THE GOLDEN STATE (with Terry Christensen, 1984), THE DEREGULATED SOCIETY (with Cynthia Fraleigh and Robert Schwab, 1988), AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: POLITICS, PROCESS AND POLICIES (1993), PUBLIC POLICY: PROCESS AND PRINCIPLES (1987), PUBLIC POLICYMAKING IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY: A GUIDE TO CIVIC ENGAGEMENT (2002), RECALL! CALIFORNIA'S…    

Creating a New Nation
The Great Political Experiment
Defining Federalism and Organized Power in the "First New Nation"
Endless Nuances
The Four Characteristics of Federalism
Fluidity and Continuity
Outcomes of Federalism
Follow the Bouncing Ball--The Uncertainties of Federalism Looking Ahead
Reordering the Rules on Power and Governance
Questioning the Traditional Rules on Power and Governance
New Theories and the Old Regime: Sowing Seeds of Change
The Articles of Confederation: The First Effort at Self-Governance
The Constitutional Convention: The Second Effort at Self-Governance
From the Past to the Present
Organizing a Federal System of Government
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?
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
Informal Pressures on the Power Flow
Political Parties
Interest Groups
Bureaucracy: Pushing from the Periphery of Power
Public Opinion
Informal Pressures: Ambiguous but Real
The Dimensions of Modern Federalism
Vertical Federalism
National/State Relations
National/Local Federalism
State/Local Relations
Federal Grants-in-Aid as a Catalyst for Control
National/Private Sector Relations
Vertical Federalism in Perspective
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
The International Dimension of Federalism
The Many Faces of Globalization
Immigration
Security
International Dimensions in a Domestic Context
Continuity and Change
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
Notes
Index
About the Author