American Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations

Alberta M. Sbragia

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548460
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 American Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations

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This article provides an analysis of the shape of American federalism. The first section looks at territorial politics, and is followed by a discussion of territorial governments and representation. Territorial interest, public policy, and intergovernmental relations are the topics of the next two sections. The nationalization of policy, money and regulation, and intergovernmental lobbying are discussed in the last sections of the chapter. It concludes with an argument that the conflict between territorial and functional politics actually lies at the heart of the politics of federalism in the United States.

Keywords: American federalism; territorial politics; territorial governments; territorial interest; intergovernmental relations; nationalization; policy; intergovernmental lobbying

Article.  9168 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Comparative Politics

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