Week Four (5 Points)

Continue reading chapters 6 through 10 in your textbook. I want to take our discussion of federalism a little bit further than the textbook does. At the present time we are experiencing a new type of federalism known as "devolution." The word "devolution" is descriptive of a movement of power away from the federal government in Washington and toward the state governments.

Suggested Readings:

1. Wilfred M. McClay, "A More Perfect Union? Toward a New Federalism," Commentary (September 1995).

2. James Pinkerton, "The States' Tail Begins to Wag the Federal Dog Newsday February 2, 1995.

3. James Pinkerton, "Governors Are Back," Newsday.

You can view the articles by clicking on the titles. Remember, some of the article links for this course are scanned images and are not easy to read. In some cases it may be easier to print out those articles that are difficult to read in hard copy form.


1. What are the two types of "devolution" that Wilfred McClay defines in his article?

2. How does McClay describe federalism, or the "federal idea?"

3. According to Pinkerton, three things have happened in American government to make "devolution" feasible in the 1990s and early 2000s. What are the three things?

4. Pinkerton refers to the "one-man-one-vote" court decisions of 1962-64. Can you use your textbook to tell me the name of the most famous "one-man-one-vote" court case? Why was "one-man-one-vote" important for "devolution" to take place.

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