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Responsive States
Federalism and American Public Policy

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  • Date Published: November 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108719230

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  • The US Constitution did not establish a clear division of responsibilities between the national government and state governments, so the distribution of policymaking authority is subject to constant renegotiation and debate. When national lawmakers introduce policy initiatives that implicate the states in important ways, why do state leaders sometimes respond with strong support and other times with indifference or outright hostility? Moving beyond the conventional story that state officials simply want money and autonomy from their national counterparts, this book explains how the states' responses over the short, medium, and long term are shaped by policy design, timing, and the interaction between the two. Reaching across different historical eras with in-depth case studies of policies such as Superfund, the No Child Left Behind Act, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the book shows how federalism has influenced, and continues to influence, the evolution of American public policy.

    • Presents a new framework for understanding why state leaders respond in different ways to policies initiated at the national level
    • Provides insight into how elite policy feedback effects shape the evolution of intergovernmental policy over time
    • Offers in-depth case studies across seven key policy programs, from unemployment insurance to the Affordable Care Act
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    'This engaging and innovative book puts forward a significant theoretical innovation backed up by extensive research.' C. Shortell, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108719230
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: states as stakeholders
    1. Federalism and policy feedback
    2. The surprising persistence of unemployment insurance
    3. The brief life of the Sheppard-Towner Act
    4. Medicaid's remarkable expansion
    5. The rise and demise of general revenue sharing
    6. How Superfund sowed the seeds of its own instability
    7. No Child Left Behind and the politics of state resistance
    8. Policy design, polarization, and the Affordable Care Act
    Conclusion: responsive states.

  • Authors

    Andrew Karch, University of Minnesota
    Andrew Karch is Arleen C. Carlson Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Early Start: Preschool Politics in the United States (2013) and Democratic Laboratories: Policy Diffusion among the American States (2007).

    Shanna Rose, Claremont McKenna College, California
    Shanna Rose is Associate Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College, California. She is the author of Financing Medicaid: Federalism and the Growth of America's Health Care Safety Net (2013).

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