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American Intergovernmental Relations
Foundations, Perspectives, and Issues

Fifth Edition
Edited by:


November 2012 | 440 pages | CQ Press
With the addition of brand new co-editor, Robert Christensen, this trusted reader is back in a fresh and insightful fifth edition.

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.
 
Preface
 
American Intergovernmental Relations: An Overview
 
I: CONCEPTUAL AND THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS
Morton Grodzins
1. The Federal System
Deil S. Wright
2. Models of National, State, and Local Relationships
Martha Derthick
3. The Paradox of the Middle Tier
Michael McGuire
4. Intergovernmental Management: A View from the Bottom
 
Review Questions
 
II: LEGAL ASPECTS OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
 
5. The Constitution of the United States (Excerpts)
James Madison
6. Federalist No. 39
Martin Diamond
7. What the Framers Meant by Federalism
Robert K. Christensen and Charles Wise
8. Dead or Alive? The Federalism Revolution and Its Meaning for Public Administration
 
Review Questions
 
III: POLITICAL ASPECTS OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
Anne Marie Cammisa
9. Governments as Interest Groups
Ann O’M. Bowman
10. Trends and Issues in Interstate Cooperation
Ryan Holeywell
11. Office of Intergovernmental Affairs: More Influential Than Ever
Martha Derthick
12. Ways of Achieving Federal Objectives
John DeWitt, Carl Stenberg, and Charles Wise
13. Beyond Preemption: Intergovernmental Partnerships to Enhance the New Economy
 
Review Questions
 
IV: FISCAL ASPECTS OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
George F. Break
14. The Economics of Intergovernmental Grants
Phillip Monypenny
15. Federal Grants-in-Aid to State Governments: A Political Analysis
Alberta M. Sbragia
16. Entrepreneurial Cities, U.S. Federalism, and Economic Development
U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations
17. Why Categorical Grants?
David Brunori
18. Financing Local Government in a Changing World
Pietro S. Nivola
19. Tense Commandments: Federal Prescriptions and City Problems
Hansjörg Blöchliger and Oliver Petzold
20. Taxes or Grants: What Revenue Source for Sub-Central Governments?
 
Review Questions
 
V: ADMINISTRATIVE ASPECTS OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations
21. The Techniques of Intergovernmental Regulation
Paul L. Posner
22. The Politics of Unfunded Mandates
Robert Agranoff and Michael McGuire
23. Another Look at Bargaining and Negotiating in Intergovernmental Management
Laurence J. O’Toole Jr. and Kenneth I. Hanf
24. American Public Administration and Impacts of International Governance
 
Review Questions
 
VI: EMERGING ISSUES AND CHALLENGES: THE FUTURE OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL SYSTEM
Donald F. Kettl
25. Homeland Security: The Federalism Challenge
Frank J. Thompson and Courtney Burke
26. Federalism by Waiver: MEDICAID and the Transformation of Long-term Care
 
27. Medical Marijuana: Implementing Gonzales v. Raich
Lina Newton
28. Policy Innovation or Vertical Integration? A View of Immigration Federalism from the States
U.S. Supreme Court
29. National Health Care: Florida v. Department of Health and Human Services
Jonathan Walters, for the MacArthur Foundation
30. Intergovernmental Relations and Federalism: Its Past, Present and Future, and Does Anyone Care?
 
Review Questions
 
American Intergovernmental Relations: Concluding Thoughts
 
Index
 
About the Editors

“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.”

Eric Waltenburg
Purdue University

American Intergovernmental Relations features good coverage of all key topics. I find the part introductions well written and useful in setting up each section.”

Mark Morris
Miami University (Ohio)

American Intergovernmental Relations is a good summary reader, covering good bases behind each topic. The finance section is especially helpful.”

Brendan Burke
Suffolk University

“The selection of readings is very good, and most of the readings themselves are interesting. The introductions provide useful information.”

Michael Faber
Indiana University
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION: 
  • One-third of the volume's readings are brand new.
  • The introductory essay, as well as all part introductions, have been thoroughly revised.
  • A new legal foundation section features expanded coverage of key legal cases that shape federalism.
  • New readings cover such policy areas as health care, immigration, and drug control policy, particularly state versus federal control of medical marijuana.

FEATURES & BENEFITS:

  • A substantial introduction and part openers provide needed background and context that help students see how selections are related.
  • Discussion and Review Questions test student understanding and spur independent thought.

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