Federalism in America: An Encyclopedia

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Federalism in America: An Encyclopedia

Book Details

ISBN: 9780313329470
Editors/Authors: Marbach, Joseph R., Katz, Ellis and Smith, Troy E.
Publisher: Greenwood
Subject: United states, Federal government, Civics, Citizenship
Publication Date: 2005-12-31
Language: English
Pages: 808

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Synopsis

This encyclopedia provides a comprehensive reference explaining the major concepts, institutions, court cases, epochs, personalities, and policies that have shaped, or been shaped by, American federalism. It describes federalism’s creation and evolution, and its influence on governmental institutions, procedures, and policies at the local, state, and national levels. The models used to explain the various historical eras in the development of federalism are also included.

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This encyclopedia provides a comprehensive reference explaining the major concepts, institutions, court cases, epochs, personalities, and policies that have shaped, or been shaped by, American federalism. It describes federalisM&Apos;s creation and evolution, and its influence on governmental institutions, procedures, and policies at the local, state, and national levels. The models used to explain the various historical eras in the development of federalism are also included.

Over 430 topics relating to American federalism are described. Included are descriptions of how the major and minor institutions of American government fit into the federal system and affect it. Descriptions of many of the court cases and legal concepts that have shaped American federalism are also included as are descriptions of ways in which federalism influenced the creation and implementation of many public policies. Entries include: John Adams, Voting Rights Act of 1965, Citizenship, Bush v. Gore, Dual Federalism, Civil War, Theodore Roosevelt, Electoral College, and Three Fifths Compromise. Sidebars further illuminate the concepts examined including relevant sections of the Constitution and other examples.

Annotation

Annotation by Book News, Inc.: Federalism, note editors Marbach (political science, Seton Hall U.), Katz (emeritus, political science, Temple U.), and Smith (political science, Brigham Young U. of Hawaii), is one of the essential organizing principles of the US Constitution and has shaped American politics and public policy ever since the ratification of the document. This encyclopedia presents some 400 entries on the theories, concepts, and terms related to US federalism. Topics include the key constitutional provisions, historical eras and periods, political figures and ideologies, legislation, federal court cases, fiscal arrangement, policy instruments, policy domains, patterns of intergovernmental relations, and other relevant issues. Also included is a chronology and reproductions of the texts of the Articles of Confederation (the document that preceded the Constitution) and the Constitution and its amendments.

About the Authors

  • Joseph R. Marbach is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Seton Hall University. His areas of expertise include federalism and intergovernmental relations, state and local government and politics, and New Jersey politics.
  • Ellis Katz is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Temple University, where he taught courses in American federalism, constitutional law, and state and local government. He is the author or editor of more than 60 books, scholarly articles, and research reports, including Federalism and Rights (1996), American Models of Revolutionary Leadership (1992), and State Constitutions in the American Federal System (1989).
  • Troy E. Smith is Associate Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University of Hawaii, where he teaches courses in U.S. Congress, American federalism, and constitutional law. His work has been published in Publius: the Journal of Federalism and Congress &the Presidency.

Table of Contents

  • Alphabetical List of Entries
  • Topical List of Entries
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Timeline of American Federalism
  • The Encyclopedia
  • Appendix 1: Articles of Confederation
  • Appendix 2: United States Constitution and Amendments
  • List of Contributors

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