American Intergovernmental Relations
Foundations, Perspectives, and Issues
- Laurence J. O'Toole Jr. - University of Georgia, USA
- Robert K. Christensen - University of Georgia, USA
To the general structure that has made American Intergovernmental Relations so enduring, the editors have added a new section that incorporates the importance of law and courts to intergovernmental relations. This new section explicitly grounds the study of intergovernmental relations to foundational Constitutional text and the dynamic role of the Supreme Court in interpreting constitutional powers.
O'Toole and Christensen have also added new selections that cover society's current and most pressing intergovernmental policy issues, including health care, immigration, and the evolving and controversial issue of medical marijuana.
As always, each essay is judiciously edited and substantial part introductions further contextualize each essay's contribution to make American Intergovernmental Relations an accessible and invaluable text, as well as an engaging read.
“My impressions are positive. I particularly like the historical and theoretical readings in Part 1; they are classics. The section intros are one of the text’s strengths as they are informative and help to organize the reader’s conceptual focus, and the review questions generally have an analytical or conceptual point to them.”
“American Intergovernmental Relations features good coverage of all key topics. I find the part introductions well written and useful in setting up each section.”
“American Intergovernmental Relations is a good summary reader, covering good bases behind each topic. The finance section is especially helpful.”
“The selection of readings is very good, and most of the readings themselves are interesting. The introductions provide useful information.”
Still have not received a review copy. I inherited this course. I can not teach without this and no feedback for why I have not gotten it yet.