Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations: Traumas, Tensions and Trends

The American federal system has been shaken by the impact of recent traumatic events, especially the threats to homeland security and the states’ fiscal crises. These developments have produced deep seated tensions across a wide range of intergovernmental relationships. Recent trends toward coercive relations may be ameliorated by strategies fostering contingent collaboration.

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About the Author
Deil S. Wright is the alumni distinguished professor of political science and public administration at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His five-decade research and teaching career has focused on intergovernmental relations with a special emphasis on the states’ role in the American federal system.

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