a_lect_6 - t Experimentation Pursuing a political goal At...

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Intergovernmental Grants Funds given by Congress to state & local governments: n Categorical grants: tied to particular programs or categories of spending. n Block grants: relatively few restrictions General revenue sharing Other key terms n Devolution: return of government responsibilities to state and local governments. ex. AFDC to TANF n Pork Barrel: special legislative benefits targeted towards constituents of particular members of congress.
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Debate over gay marriage Is this an issue that should be dealt with at the federal level of government, or through the states? n Arguments for federal level of government n Arguments for state level of government
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Other contemporary federalism issues: Disaster relief Medical marijuana Assisted suicide Immigration
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Pursuing a political goal At the state level: n State governments may be more receptive t Local culture’s differ
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Unformatted text preview: t Experimentation Pursuing a political goal At the federal level: t National government may be more receptive t Convey the importance of the goal t Prevent a race to the bottom, NIMBY problems, competition t Facilitate coordination. t Difficult to lobby fifty separate states Federalism: A Byproduct of National Policy Nationalization of public policy was not planned by the Framers. Federal-state relations are dynamic Likely to continue in this form. State Governments Basic structure t Governor, Legislature, Courts Major political issues t Budget t Reapportionment: redrawing of electoral district lines to reflect population changes Strategic Politicians Categorical and Block Grants Unfunded Mandates At the state level, redrawing districts...
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