Students may also have the opportunity to engage in non-litigation advocacy and client counseling.
In presidential campaigns, candidates of both parties wax eloquent about what they will do, if elected, to improve the public services that citizens most care about.
They confidently assure voters that they will improve the performance of local schools, repair dangerous bridges, ensure low-income families access to effective health services, ... From that vantage point, it was apparent that issues of intergovernmental management were absolutely central to the design and effective implementation of federal policy, yet relatively little in-depth analysis was available to inform and help shape legislative decision-making. The intergovernmental system in the United States faces emerging challenges ushered in by economic, technological, and demographic trends of the twenty-first-century. It was not a bold new invention so much as what James Madison called a “composition,” taking into account the existence of thirteen colonies (now states) that were unlikely to look kindly at their abolition and replacement with a national government.
Major policy challenges and responses are now overwhelmingly intergovernmental in nature, and as a result, the fortunes of all levels of government are more intertwined and interdependent than ever before.
This volume, cosponsored by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), defines an agenda for improving the performance of America's intergovernmental system.
This course will meet weekly for seven weeks in the first half of the term.
Research interests of the class and other specialized topics may also be explored.
It concludes with an authoritative assessment of the system's capacity to govern, oversee, and improve.
Contributors include Jocelyn Johnston (American University), Shelley Metzenbaum (University of Maryland), Richard Nathan (SUNY at Albany), Barry Rabe (University of Michigan), Beryl Radin (American University), Alice Rivlin (Brookings Institution), Ray Sheppach (National Governors Association), Frank Shafroth (George Mason University), Troy Smith (BYUHawaii), Carl Stenberg (University of North Carolina), Carol Weissert (Florida State University), Charles Wise (Indiana University), and Kenneth Wong (Brown University).
) and practical ones (city-state relations, standing issues).