Government relations

Government relations

  • Please type answers to the following essay questions (1.5 line spacing preferred).
  • The answers must integrate and cite course readings (e.g., S&W chapters and Publius/SLGR  articles) as well as the lectures.
  • When using chapters from the S&W text, please cite the author and the chapter number in the text:  According to S&W, Ch. 8 …
  • When citing O’Toole and Christensen [O&C] reader articles, please cite by the last name of the author of the particular chapter:  According to Martha Derthick (O&C, Ch. 3), …
  • When citing other academic articles listed on the syllabus, cite this way:  “According to Vogel and Nezelkewicz (2002), MPOs are an important way for the federal government to promote regional governance in different parts of the nation.”
  • When citing course lectures, please use the following format with last name of instructor and Module # (and slide # for direct quotes):  “According to Shock (Mod. 4, slide 21), ….”
  • Special note:  I do not want you to simply re-type your notes.  Please state your main argument(s) early in your answer (first paragraph) and defend your argument(s) with evidence from the class lectures and readings.

ANSWER BOTH QUESTIONS (Total points:  100):

1.  In essay form, answer the following question:  Does the current U.S. political system retain its federalist character?    [60 points]

  • In your answer, identify and describe the key characteristics of federalism.
  • In addition, identify and describe the three models of federalism (Dual, Cooperative, and Centralized) covered in class.  How did the American political system fundamentally change during each of these three models of federalism?
  • During the discussion of the models, analyze how the actions of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Congress, and the President impacted federalism:
    • important court cases, such as McCulloch (1819), Pollock (1895), NLRB (1937), National League of Cities (1976), Garcia (1985), Lopez (1995), Printz (1997), Raich (2005), etc.
    • acts of Congress, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964
    • actions by the President, such as President Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal” during the 1930s
  • During your analysis of the three models, be sure to tie in the O&C reading by Robert Christensen and Charles Wise “Dead or Alive.”
    • Do you agree or disagree with Rubin’s argument in “Puppy Federalism and the Blessings of America” that we have “puppy federalism” in the U.S.?:  “Real federalism is gone; America is a centralized administrative state” (p. 110).  Why? 

2.  In essay form, create an intergovernmental structure for addressing transportation issues in Metropolitan Atlanta.  [40 points] 

  • In your answer, describe the consolidationist, fragmentation and collaborationist approaches to metropolitan governance.  How do advocates of each perspective view the “problem” of metropolitan governance differently?
  • Which governance model best reflects the 2012 regional T-SPLOST proposal to fund transportation improvements in Metro. Atlanta?  Explain.
  • Create a plan for infrastructure improvement in Metro Atlanta.  For instance, the T-SPLOST proposal laid out an intergovernmental plan that included a regional 1% sales tax to be shared (through mutual agreement) by counties and cities in Metro Atlanta.  In your plan, lay out an alternative plan, such as creation of a regional special district or public authority, three-tier government, etc.  Be sure to describe the role of state and local governments in the plan.  The lecture on Regional Governance describes different options.  

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