American Federalism & Public Policy: How the System Works Thomas J. Anton

ISBN: 9780075537892

Published: January 1st 1989

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250 pages


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American Federalism & Public Policy: How the System Works  by  Thomas J. Anton

American Federalism & Public Policy: How the System Works by Thomas J. Anton
January 1st 1989 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 250 pages | ISBN: 9780075537892 | 5.70 Mb

This is a study of the ways in which the federal, state, and local governments share responsibility for policies, producing a system that combines uniformity and diversity. While numerous empirical studies in recent years have detailed particularMoreThis is a study of the ways in which the federal, state, and local governments share responsibility for policies, producing a system that combines uniformity and diversity.

While numerous empirical studies in recent years have detailed particular examples of reforms in federalism, there has been no widely accepted theory by which to evaluate the significance of those details. Thomas Anton synthesizes the particulars to discover what is true in general about the state of American Federalism. He uses a benefits coalition conceptual framework on which to organize his discussion.

The author sees the purpose of American government as the creation and distribution of benefits to designated populations. He identifies three main types of benefits, which are directed toward individuals both outside and within government: economic the improvement of economic well-being- juridical assigning rights and obligations, as in determining eligibility to vote- and symbolic for example, in designating holidays and in fostering public activities that promote pride in and support for the system.

Because of their profound affect on the quality of our lives, as well as their increasing cost, the policies and programs jointly pursued by American governments are the focus of reform proposals that now occupy a prominent position on the national agenda. For these and other reasons, Antons analytical and broadly defined discussion of American Federalism is especially timely. Thomas Anton is Professor of Political Science and Director of the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University.



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