American Federalism: A Concise Introduction
by Larry N Gerston (9780765616722)

American Federalism: A Concise Introduction
 
Larry N Gerston
Release Date: 05 February 2007
Format: Paperback
Pages: 197
Category: Political Science
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISBN: 9780765616722
ISBN-10: 0765616726



Understanding federalism - the form of political organization that unites separate polities within an overarching political system so that all maintain their political integrity - is central to the study of democratic government in the United States. Yet, many political scientists treat federalism as a set of abstract principles or a maze of budgetary transfers with little connection to real political life. This concise and engaging book boils the discussion down to its essence: federalism is about power, specifically the tug for power among and within the various levels of government. Author Larry N. Gerston examines the historical and philosophical underpinnings of federalism; the various "change events" that have been involved in defining America's unique set of federal principles over time; and the vertical, horizontal, and international dimensions of federalism in the United States today. The result is a book examining the ways in which institutional political power is both diffused and concentrated in the United States.

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