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Purpose: The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the operation of federalism, and the dynamics of intergovernmental relations in the United States. Following some introductory comments on the topic, we will examine various concepts and models of . federalism; this will be followed by a discussion and evaluation of the changing nature of fiscal federalism. We will then direct our attention to the national policy process and intergovernmental relations, especially in terms of the implementation of national policy. This material will be followed by a review of interstate and statelocal intergovernmental cooperation and conflict. The conclusion of the course will be devoted to various issues in intergovernmental management, along with the future of federalism and intergovernmental relations in the United States. Texts: The required texts for this course include:
G. Ross Stephens and Nelson Wikstrom, American Intergovernmental Relations: A Fragmented Federal Polity. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. [Basic Text] [Referenced as S and W] Paul Manna, School’s In: Federalism an the National Education Agenda: Federalism and the National Education Agenda. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2007. [Referenced as Manna] Jeffrey Pressman and Aaron Wildavsky, Implementation. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984. [Referenced as P and W]
Examinations: Three examinations will be given in this course, two during the semester and a final examination. The final examination is of a comprehensive variety. The first and second examinations will count 25% of the course grade, while the final will constitute 50%. Each examination will be of a short answer, essay variety. No makeup examinations will be given.
Chapter 6 S and W. and the Policy Process S and W. VI. Course Outline and Reading Assignments: A. Chapter 5 F. American with Disabilities Act. The Future of Intergovernmental Relations 2 S and W. These policies may be found and reviewed in full on the VCU Web Site. The United States as a Federal System B. Chapter 7 S and W. Chapter 8 S and W. Chapter 2 S and W. Governance Issues in the Intergovernmental System K. Chapter 9 S and W.IV. Contemporary American Federalism D. Policy Domains. Honor System. Local Governments in the Intergovernmental System SECOND EXAMINATION J. Please note: This class is offered under the following Virginia Commonwealth University policies: Statement on Safety. Chapter 1 S and W. States in the Intergovernmental System H. Guidelines for Student Conduct. FIRST EXAMINATION E. Fiscal Federalism S and W. Chapter 4 Manna V. Federalism C. Chapter 10 . Chapter 3 S and W. State-Local Relations I. Attendance: Regular attendance is strongly suggested. no class roll of attendance will be taken. Regulation in the Intergovernmental System G. and. Federalism. however. Models of U.S.
Course Conclusion: What We Have Learned About IGR FINAL EXAMINATION 3 . Chapters 1-7 L.P and W.