American Federalism: A Concise Introduction

American Federalism: A Concise Introduction

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Understanding federalism - the form of political organization that unites separate polities within an overarching political system so that all maintain their political integrity - is central to the study of democratic government in the United States. Yet, many political scientists treat federalism as a set of abstract principles or a maze of budgetary transfers with little connection to real political life. 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. Author Larry N. Gerston examines the historical and philosophical underpinnings of federalism; the various qchange eventsq that have been involved in defining America's unique set of federal principles over time; and the vertical, horizontal, and international dimensions of federalism in the United States today. The result is a book examining the ways in which institutional political power is both diffused and concentrated in the United States.a€œState to Get Acura Site for Design, a€ Los Angeles Times, January 6, 2006, p. ... A13, A14. 26. a€œThe Allure of Initiatives, a€ State Legislatures, April 2005, pp. 16a€“19. 27. a€œState Looks to Lead Pollution Fight, a€ Los Angeles Times, December 6, 2005, anbsp;...

Title:American Federalism: A Concise Introduction
Author:Larry N. Gerston
Publisher:Routledge - 2015-03-26


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