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Contemporary American Federalism
Contemporary American Federalism (October 2008)
The Growth of National Power, Second Edition
Joseph F. Zimmerman - Author

Traces the development of the American federal system of government, focusing principally on the shifting balance of powers between the national government and the states.

Contemporary American Federalism traces the development of the federal system within the United States from 1789 to the present. In contrast to earlier works on American federalism, this book examines not only national-state relations, b...(Read More)

Rights, Remedies, and the Impact of State Sovereign Immunity
Rights, Remedies, and the Impact of State Sovereign Immunity (June 2008)
Christopher Shortell - Author

Engaging case studies on the impact of state sovereign immunity on both plaintiffs and states.

The Supreme Court’s recent spate of state sovereign immunity rulings have protected states from lawsuits based on federal legislation as diverse as disabilities law, age discrimination, patent and trademark law, and labor standards. But does the doctrine of state sovereign immunity increase state authority? Does it...(Read More)
Agendas and Decisions
Agendas and Decisions (February 2008)
How State Government Executives and Middle Managers Make and Administer Policy
Dorothy F. Olshfski - Author
Robert B. Cunningham - Author

Studies how state-level public executives and managers in Tennessee decide and implement policy.

Connecting theory and practice, Agendas and Decisions explores how state-level public executives and managers decide and implement policy. The authors focus on Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander’s (1979–1987) management system, which believed in and practiced the principles espoused by leadership theo...(Read More)
The Silence of Congress
The Silence of Congress (August 2007)
State Taxation of Interstate Commerce
Joseph F. Zimmerman - Author

Argues for greater congressional oversight of state taxation of interstate commerce.

The Silence of Congress is the first book to examine state taxation of interstate commerce and the relative inactivity on the part of Congress to regulate such commerce. As states actively seek to maximize tax revenues, congressional silence has affected both citizens and corporations and resulted in myriad tax inequalities ...(Read More)
Dilemmas of Representation
Dilemmas of Representation (May 2007)
Local Politics, National Factors, and the Home Styles of Modern U.S. Congress Members
Sally Friedman - Author

In-depth analysis of the representational styles of several members of Congress from New York State.

While the Congress literature of the 1970s and 1980s led to the dominant impression that all politics is local, in recent years legislative behavior has pointed in more national directions. Dilemmas of Representation comprehensively examines the multifaceted activities of several legislators from New York, one...(Read More)

The Game of Justice
The Game of Justice (April 2007)
A Theory of Individual Self-Government
Ruth Lane - Author

Argues in favor of viewing justice as a political contest that everyone has a stake in.

The Game of Justice argues that justice is politics, that politics is something close to ordinary people and not located in an abstract and distant institution known as the State, and that the concept of the game provides a new way to appreciate the possibilities of creating justice. Justice, as a game, is played in a chall...(Read More)

Justice as Integrity
Justice as Integrity (September 2006)
Tolerance and the Moral Momentum of Law
David Fagelson - Author

Strives to show why morality and, in particular, tolerance are each part of the idea of law.

Do any moral values underlie the foundations of law and society in America? In Justice as Integrity, David Fagelson argues that morality is indeed a part of the idea of law. Examining controversies of speech and privacy, he does not ignore the conservative communitarian streak in America, but argues that liberal tolerance b...(Read More)

Interstate Disputes
Interstate Disputes (July 2006)
The Supreme Court's Original Jurisdiction
Joseph F. Zimmerman - Author

Examines the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in settling disputes between states.

With respect to “controversies between two or more states,” the U.S. Constitution grants original jurisdiction to the U.S. Supreme Court, and in 1789 Congress made exclusive the Court’s jurisdiction over interstate disputes. In this book, Joseph F. Zimmerman examines the role of the Supreme Court in settling disputes b...(Read More)
Deserving and Entitled
Deserving and Entitled (January 2005)
Social Constructions and Public Policy
Anne L. Schneider - Editor
Helen M. Ingram - Editor

Explores the contradictions between the American ideal of equality and the realities of public policy.

Public policy in the United States is marked by a contradiction between the American ideal of equality and the reality of an underclass of marginalized and disadvantaged people who are widely viewed as undeserving and incapable. Deserving and Entitled provides a close inspection of many different policy arenas...(Read More)
Oral Arguments and Decision Making on the United States Supreme Court
Oral Arguments and Decision Making on the United States Supreme Court (July 2004)
Timothy R. Johnson - Author

How oral arguments influence the decisions of Supreme Court justices.

Timothy R. Johnson focuses on an all-too-often ignored aspect of the Supreme Court's decision-making process by providing a systematic explanation of how justices use oral arguments to make substantive legal and policy decisions. Using the arguments filed to the Court in legal briefs, oral argument transcripts, notes taken by Justice Lewis F. Powel...(Read More)
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