Answer each question. Be sure to address any and all subtopics in each question. Use peer-reviewed journal articles, books, etc. to substantiate your positions. Be sure to cite your sources in-text and on a separate reference sheet (for each answer). The length of your answers will vary but each question should be addressed in 5 pages (10 pages overall), double-spaced.
1. A perennial concern in the American political system is the potential federal encroachment on state authority. Recent examples of which might be the “Affordable Care Act” or the “No Child Left Behind Act.” What are mechanisms by which states can respond to any such shift in the federal-state balance? How well do they work in maintaining “proper balance.”
Use these reference materials for question 1
Stephens and Wikstrom (2007), Chapter 7, “The Resurgent States,” in American Intergovernmental Relations: A Fragmented Polity, pgs. 159-187.
Stephens and Wikstrom (2007), Chapter 8, “State-Local Relations,” in American Intergovernmental Relations: A Fragmented Policy, pgs. 188-216.
Meek and Thurmaier (2012), Chapters 2 and 2.1, “State-City and State-County Fiscal Relations,” and practitioner response in Networked Governance: The Future of Intergovernmental Management, pgs. 39-69.
O’Toole and Christensen (2013), Chapter 28, “Policy Innovation or Vertical Integration?A View of Immigration Federalism from the States,” in American Intergovernmental Relations: Foundations, Perspectives, and Issues, pgs. 350-366.