1st Edition

Intergovernmental Relations in Transition Reflections and Directions

Edited By Carl W. Stenberg, David K. Hamilton Copyright 2018
    308 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    308 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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

    [John Kincaid]

    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

    [Susan Paddock]

    Part 5. Reflections from the Trenches

    14. The Unraveling of the Intergovernmental System: A Practitioner’s Observations

    [Donald Borut]

    15. American Federalism Without a System of Intergovernmental Relations

    [Parris N. Glendening]

    16. Back to the Future?

    [Carl W. Stenberg and David K. Hamilton]


    Carl W. Stenberg is the James E. Holshouser, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and Government at the School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Carl has been on the UNC faculty since 2003 and served as Director of the Master of Public Administration Program from 2006–2011. Prior to joining UNC Carl was Dean of the Yale Gordon College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Public Administration at the University of Baltimore. Carl is a Fellow and former Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Public Administration and Past President of the American Society for Public Administration. Over the past 10 years, Carl has authored or co-authored 20 articles and co-edited Managing Local Government Services: A Practical Guide (2007).

    David K. Hamilton retired as Associate Professor of Public Administration and Director of the Center for Public Service at Texas Tech University, USA. Prior to joining Texas Tech University, Dr. Hamilton was employed by Roosevelt University for 31 years where he served as Vice President and Dean of the Albert A. Robin Campus, Associate Director of the School of Public Policy, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. Dr. Hamilton has published over 20 articles in refereed journals. His books include Governing Metropolitan Areas, 2e (Routledge, 2014).