The field of intergovernmental relations has changed substantially over the past five decades. It maintains a critical and evolving role in the US federal system as well as in public policy and administration. Building upon the legacy of Deil S.Wright’s scholarship, this collection of essays by distinguished scholars, emerging thought leaders, and experienced practitioners chronicles and analyzes some of the tensions and pressures that have contributed to the current state of intergovernmental relations and management.
Although rarely commanding media attention by name, intergovernmental relations is being elevated in the public discourse through policy issues dominating the headlines. Many of these intergovernmental issues are addressed in this book, including health insurance exchanges under the now-threatened Affordable Care Act, and the roles of the federal, state, and local governments in food safety, energy, and climate change.Contributors interpret and assess the impacts of these and other issues on the future directions of intergovernmental relations and management. This book will serve as an ideal text for courses on intergovernmental relations and federalism, and will be of interest to government practitioners and civic and nonprofit organization leaders involved in public policy and management.
1. Intergovernmental Relations in Transition
[David K. Hamilton and Carl W. Stenberg]
Part 1. Phases of IGR Revisited
2. Intergovernmental Relations in the Early 21st Century: Lingering Images of Earlier Phases or Emergence of a New Phase?
[J. Edwin Benton]
3. Why Coercion and Cooperation Coexist in American Federalism
4. Why We Fight: Conflict and "Coping" in 21st Century Intergovernmental Relations
[Brendan F. Burke and Jeffrey L. Brudney]
Part 2. Fiscal and Institutional Issues
5. Scarcity and the Federal System
[Paul L. Posner]
6. Putting the "R" Back in IGR: The Great Recession and Intergovernmental "Relationships"
[Bruce J. Perlman, Michael J. Scicchitano, and Yahong Zhang]
Part 3. Intergovernmental Management Cases
7. Partisan Polarization, Administrative Capacity, and State Discretion in the Affordable Care Act
[Dale Krane and Shihyun Noh]
8. The Diffusion of Federal Regulation through Contracts: The Case of Food Safety Policy
[Jocelyn M. Johnston and Rebecca Yurman]
9. Clean Energy and Growth through State and Local Implementation
[Benjamin H. Deitchman]
10. Bottom-up Federalism: An Examination of U.S. Local Governments’ Climate Change Policy
[Benoy Jacob, Brian Gerber, and Sam Gallaher]
Part 4. Laboratories of Democracy at Work
11. The Legislative Transformation of State-Local Relations
[Ann O’M. Bowman and Richard C. Kearney]
12. Pulling the Lever: The States’ Role in Catalyzing Local Change
[Ricardo S. Morse and Carl W. Stenberg]
13. Professional Development Applied Projects: State-Level Laboratories of Democracy
Part 5. Reflections from the Trenches
14. The Unraveling of the Intergovernmental System: A Practitioner’s Observations
15. American Federalism Without a System of Intergovernmental Relations
[Parris N. Glendening]
16. Back to the Future?
[Carl W. Stenberg and David K. Hamilton]