Short Essay - Policy-making in the Federal System
The U.S. government's expansive role in public policy is caught in a swirl of conflicting cross-currents. On the one hand, popular expectations about government's responsibility to solve problems often exceed the capacity of state and local authorities to respond effectively. On the other hand, policies developed at the national level may not sufficiently reflect the great diversity of interests across the US to be effective at the local level. Moreover, the search for effective policy is further complicated by theoretical debates about the constitutional framework of federalism (e.g., what limits on national power can be derived from the 10th Amendment?).
Select a policy issue that is in the middle of these cross-currents between national,...
Excerpt from file: ShortEssayPolicymakingintheFederalSystem TheU.S.governmentsexpansiveroleinpublicpolicyiscaughtinaswirlofconflicting crosscurrents.Ontheonehand,popularexpectationsaboutgovernmentsresponsibility tosolveproblemsoftenexceedthecapacityofstateandlocalauthoritiestorespond
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