State govts as admins of federal programs NOTES

State govts as admins of federal programs NOTES - DESPITE...

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DESPITE PERIODIC ATTEMPTS TO ENHANCE THEIR POWERS, STATE GOVERNMENTS  IN THE USA ARE LITTLE MORE THAN THE LOCAL ADMINISTRATORS OF FEDERAL  PROGRAMS NF: New Federalism: Intergovernmental Reform from Nixon to Reagan, T Conlan, 1988 AF: American Federalism: A View From The States, D Elazar, 1972 New style of federalism = ‘intergovernmental relations’ Old style federalism : legal concept, “emphasising a constitutional division of authority and functions  between a national government and state governments, with both levels having received their powers  independently of each other from a third source-the people.” (TNF) Static notion. Unchanged since founding fathers viewed relationship in 1787. New style federalism  = “a political and pragmatic concept, stressing the actual interdependence and  sharing of functions between Washington and the states and focusing on the leverage that each actor  is able to exert on the other”. (TNF) Sees the intergovernmental relationship as constantly changing in response to social and economic  forces, as well as political ones such as the ruling party. Things affecting relationship: 1. Supreme Court decisions 2. congressional legislation 3. political custom 4. advances in communications technology
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course PPE PPE taught by Professor None during the Summer '08 term at Oxford University.

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