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PUB 230: Intergovernmental Relations

Course Description

This course provides an understanding of the nature and dynamics of the American federal system of government, including all levels of government - federal, state, county, municipal, and special districts. Topics include the reciprocal influences of local, state, and federal bureaucracies, and revenue sharing among different unite of government as well as the complex nature of state-local and inter-local relations in an urban setting.

Prerequisite

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

After completion of this course students are expected to have achieved a considerable knowledge of the following topics related to intergovernmental relations.  Specifically, each student should be able to:

  1. Identify the basic tenets of modern intergovernmental relations.
  2. Explain the theoretical foundations of a federalist system.
  3. Apply the legal aspects of intergovernmental relations.
  4. Apply the political aspects of intergovernmental relations.
  5. Apply the fiscal aspects of intergovernmental relations.
  6. Apply the administrative aspects of intergovernmental relations.
  7. Identify emerging issues and challenges in our federalist system.
  8. Postulate as to the future of intergovernmental relations.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

List below are the graded assignments, along with the applicable week, course points, and weight. A student’s course grade is the cumulative weight of all four (4) assignments.

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

50%

Midterm (Week 4)

25%

Final Exam (Week 8)

25%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore)

  • O'Toole, Jr., Laurence J. Editor. American Intergovernmental Relations: Foundations, Perspectives, and Issues. 5th ed. CQ Press, 2013. ISBN-13: 978-1-4522-2629-3

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2

Topic: American Intergovernmental Relations: An Overview

  • Readings:
    • Introduction: American Intergovernmental Relations - An Overview
  • Self Introductions - Each student is expected to introduce themselves to the other class members. (Non-Graded)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

2

1,2

Topics: Conceptual & Theoretical Foundations

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1: The Federal System
    • Chapter 2: Models of Nation, State & Local Relationships
    • Chapter 3: The Paradox of the Middle Tier
    • Chapter 4: Intergovernmental Management
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

3

3

Topic: Legal Aspects of Intergovernmental Relations

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5: The U.S. Constitution
    • Chapter 6: Federalist No. 39
    • Chapter 7: What the Framers Meant by Federalism
    • Chapter 8: Dead or Alive? The Federalism Revolution and its Meaning for Public Admin
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Prepare for Midterm Exam (Exam covers chapters 1-13)

4

4

Topic: Political Aspects of Intergovernmental Relations

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9: Governments as Interest Groups
    • Chapter 10: Trends & Issues in Interstate Cooperation
    • Chapter 11: Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
    • Chapter 12: Ways of Achieving Federal Objectives
    • Chapter 13: Beyond Preemption: Intergovernmental Partnerships to Enhance the New Economy
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete the Midterm Exam (Exam covers chapters 1-13)

5

5

Topic: Fiscal Impacts of Intergovernmental Relations

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 14: The Economics of Intergovernmental Grants
    • Chapter 15: Federal Grants-in-Aid to State Governments
    • Chapter 16: Entrepreneurial Cities, U.S. Federalism & Economic Development
    • Chapter 17: Why Categorical Grants?
    • Chapter 18: Financing Local Government in a Changing World
    • Chapter 19: Tense Commandments - Federal Prescriptions & City Problems
    • Chapter 20: Taxes or Grants - What Revenue Source for Sub-central Governments?
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

6

6

Topic: Administrative Aspects of Intergovernmental Relations

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 21: The Techniques of Intergovernmental Regulation
    • Chapter 22: The Politics of Unfunded Mandates
    • Chapter 23: Another Look at Bargaining & Negotiating in Intergovernmental Management
    • Chapter 24: American Public Administration and Impacts of International Governance
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

7

7

Topic: Emerging Issues and Challenges

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 25: Homeland Security – The Federalism Challenge
    • Chapter 26: Federalism by Waiver: Medicaid & the Transformation of Long-term Care
    • Chapter 27: Medical Marijuana – Implementing Gonzalez v. Raich
    • Chapter 28: Policy Innovation or Vertical Integration?
    • Chapter 29: National Health Care: NFIB v. Sebelius
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture materia
  • Prepare for the Final Exam (Exam covers chapters 14-30)

8

1-8

Topics: The Future of Intergovernmental Relations

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 30: Intergovernmental Relations and Federalism
    • Epilogue: American Intergovernmental Relations - Concluding Thoughts
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete the Final Exam (Exam covers chapters 14-30)
  • Complete Course Evaluation

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