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Congress
Facilitator of State Action
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Joseph F. Zimmerman - Author
Price: $75.00 
Hardcover - 247 pages
Release Date: January 2010
ISBN10: 1-4384-2967-3
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-2967-0

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Paperback - 247 pages
Release Date: January 2011
ISBN10: 1-4384-2968-1
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-2968-7

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An insightful reassessment of the relationship between the U.S. Congress and the states.

Reassessing the relationship between the federal government and the states, Congress: Facilitator of State Action examines how the U.S. Congress routinely and necessarily devolves power to the states. A host of congressional statutes reveal the ways in which the U.S. Congress facilitates state action to solve certain problems, including the enforcement of respective criminal laws. Financial and nonfinancial assistance to the states are elucidated and assessed, including technical assistance and the establishment of such programs as the National Driver Register. Comprehensive and timely, this book illuminates a key dynamic in the country’s political system and offers a more complex and accurate theory of federalism.

“This is an important work. It sheds new light on U.S. intergovernmental relations, and it presents information and data in new and interesting ways … it will shift the discussion of American federal relations, and especially as that discussion relates to the role of Congress as a positive, rather than negative, ‘facilitator’ of state and local action and activities.” — American Review of Politics

Joseph F. Zimmerman is Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, State University of New York. His many books include Contemporary American Federalism: The Growth of National Power, Second Edition; The Silence of Congress: State Taxation of Interstate Commerce; and The Government and Politics of New York State: Second Edition, all published by SUNY Press.


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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

1. The Federal System

2. Devolution of Power

3. Facilitation of State Criminal Law Enforcement

4. Congressional Financial Assistance

5. Facilitation of Interstate Compact Formation

6. State Friendly Congressional Statutes

7. Congressional Facilitation of State Action

Notes
Bibliography
Index


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