Intergovernmental Relations in the American Administrative State

9780292741973: Paperback
Release Date: 25th January 2012

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 336

Series An Administrative History of the Johnson Presidency Series

University of Texas Press

Intergovernmental Relations in the American Administrative State

The Johnson Presidency

Paperback / £26.99

During the 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson and his administration substantially altered the structure of the American administrative state. Creating intergovernmental programs to forward the goal of the Great Society, they changed the contours of national-state-local relationships, and these changes largely have remained, despite the attempts of later administrations to reverse them. Intergovernmental Relations in the American Administrative State is the first comprehensive study of how and why these changes occurred.

Drawn from a wealth of primary material in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, the study probes the objectives of the president and other framers of new policies and programs, within the institutional and political context of the time. The authors give special attention to the inherent incongruities that arise when intergovernmental programs are used to address problems defined in national terms. In addition, they reveal how certain programs actually challenged the power of established national bureaucracies. They conclude with a thoughtful overview of the Johnson legacy in intergovernmental relations during subsequent administrations.

  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. The Intergovernmental Mosaic
  • 2. Policy Nationalization and Subnational Administration
  • 3. Administrative Arrangements for Attacking Poverty
  • 4. The Halting Search for Administrative Order in Poverty and Related Programs
  • 5. Experiments in Multistate Administrative Regionalism
  • 6. The Revenue Sharing and Block Grant Options
  • 7. Repairing the Intergovernmental Administrative System
  • 8. From the 1960s Onward
  • Notes
  • Name Index
  • Subject Index

David M. Welborn is a professor of political science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Jesse Burkhead is Maxwell Professor of Economics and Public Administratlon Emeritus at Syracuse University.