Journals Higher Education



Published: 02 March 2006

320 Pages | 24 illus. & 1 map

6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195172027

Bookseller Code (04)

American Intergovernmental Relations

A Fragmented Federal Polity

G. Ross Stephens and Nelson Wikstrom

Featuring relevant case studies drawn from recent headlines, American Intergovernmental Relations examines how the dynamic social, economic, and political forces that impinge on American government at all levels shape the way that our federal system functions. Beginning with the key elements of federalism, the authors trace these principles as they have evolved since the founding of the republic and through the various phases and types of federal arrangements as they exist today. They examine and analyze the extreme complexity of the system and the cooperative and conflicting components of vertical and horizontal intergovernmental relations. Stephens and Wikstrom also discuss the impact of public policy and intergovernmental relations on American society in light of rising globalism, rapidly changing technology, and new security concerns.


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