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State Devolution in America
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State Devolution in America
Implications for a Diverse Society

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Volume: 48

August 1997 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Transforming American Government explores the "reinventing of government" and the dramatic policy changes that affect both the scope and scale of government. Devolution, privatization, and dismantling of state functions are forcing us to search for new divisions of responsibility among national, state, and local governments. At the heart of this reorganization is the issue of geographically distributing power and resources on a diverse map of regional conditions and political cultures. This assemblage of social scientists analyzes the impetus, nature, and impact of state devolution. While debates over such changes typically center on economic, political, and social change, these authors shift the debate to an examination of the complex geographical implications of devolution. In a society as territorially fragmented and diverse as the U.S., changes in the form and function of government are experienced differently in different parts of the country. This comprehensive volume details the outcomes of restructuring and explores how the redistribution of resources and responsibilities affects the lives of all Americans.

Lynn A Staeheli, Janet E Kodras and Colin Flint
Introduction
 
PART ONE: SOURCES OF STATE CHANGE
Robert W Lake
State Restructuring, Political Opportunism and Capital Mobility
John O'Loughlin
Economic Gobalization and Income Inequality in the United States
Janet E Kodras
Globalization and Social Restructuring of the American Population
Geographies of Exclusion and Vulnerability

 
Lynn A Staeheli
Citizenship and the Search for Community
 
PART TWO: TRANSFORMING THE POLITICAL OPPORTUNITY STRUCTURE
Janet E Kodras
Restructuring the State
Devolution, Privatization and the Geographic Redistribution of Power and Capacity in Governance

 
Julian Wolpert
How Federal Cutbacks Affect the Charitable Sector
Don Mitchell
State Restructuring and the Importance of `Rights-Talk'
 
PART THREE: IMPLICATIONS OF STATE CHANGE
Brian Page
FAIR or Foul? Remaking Agricultural Policy for the 21st Century
Andrew Herod
Back to the Future in Labor Relations
From the New Deal to Newt's Deal

 
Meghan Cope
Responsibility, Regulation and Retrenchment
The End of Welfare?

 
Richard Wright
Transnationalism, Nationalism and International Migration
The Changing Role and Relevance of the State

 
Fred M Shelley
Education Policy and the 104th Congress
Marvin Waterstone
Environmental Policy and Government Restructuring
Colin Flint
Conclusion
Regional Collective Memories and the Ideology of State Restructuring

 

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