Examine the notion of conflict in the American federal system. How does the federal system encourage the expansion of conflict? Please give specific examples in your response. 250 word count
Centralized Federalism & New Federalism
Centralized Federalism: 1964-1980
After WWII, the United States underwent drastic changes at rapid speed.
Americans became more financially secure:
Citizens started to place more priority on things such as quality of life, civil rights, and the environment.
Public Problems became Federal Problems
Federal Grant-in-Aid Money
Increasing Federal Regulations?
President Johnson: The Great Society
The federal government drastically increased the amount of grant-in-aid money going to the states and local governments.
The Great Society:
War on Poverty
Medicaid & Medicare
Education & Head Start
Poverty In America:
Government programs in which Congress has set the eligibility requirements.
The New Deal Programs
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Aid to Families with Dependent Children
The Great Society Programs
Ronald Reagan & New Federalism:
Reagan believed the federal government had grown too large and too involved in state affairs.
Decreased Categorical Grants
Increase Block Grants
The Devolution Revolution:
The Ideological Shift:
Federalism created a battleground over cultural issues
Presidential Appointment Power
Expansion of Conflict
“An organized way to evaluate a problem, the alternatives, and the effectiveness of the solution”.
Policy analysis falls under three broad categories: