The American Scheme Of Federalism A System Characterized By Conflict And Cooperation

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The subject of land and local government receives less attention than the employment of the home government. But because national governments are involved in our daily animations, they deserve closer attention. State and local governments are poised to guide the nation in the 21st century, and they are busy experimenting with new plans and schemes to supply public services in an efficient, effectual, and just manner. Although state and local governments have greater content than in the past, they confront many challenges in the American scheme of federalism–a system characterized by conflict and cooperation. During the 1980s, President Reagan’s efforts to devolve powers to the nations and cities were made more comfortable by the presence of competent, energized national governments. The Clinton administration, despite its emphasis on internal goals, recognized the increased capacities of national governments and sought to enhance their roles as laboratories for policy experimentation. The administrations of George W. Bush, a former governor, have been hard to measure. There has been ample evidence of a willingness to continue to devolve some responsibilities, but the Bush administration pushed large national programs like No Child Left Behind, allowed the federal government to take over airport security, and created a large new cabinet level bureaucracy, the Department of Homeland Security. These actions sound more like a Democratic administration, but President Bush’s

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