Reflections on Intergovernmental Re-Balancing: Back to the Future

The intergovernmental balance has shifted to the national government. Federal deficits, debt service, defense spending, and entitlement pressures will reduce discretionary spending, and could rekindle interest in decentralization and devolution. State leaders need to network horizontally and vertically to rebalance the federal system.

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About the Author
Carl W. Stenberg is a professor of public administration and government at the School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served previously as assistant director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations and executive director of The Council of State Governments.