Revista de Economía Institucional
Print version ISSN 0124-5996
GORDON, Mark C.. DIFFERING PARADIGMS, SIMILAR FLAWS: CONSTRUCTING A NEW APPROACH TO FEDERALISM IN THE UNITED STATES. Rev.econ.inst. [online]. 2000, vol.2, n.3, pp. 44-79. ISSN 0124-5996.
This article presents a new approach to federalism that focuses more on the outcome desired than on formal power relationships, considers more realistically the role played by states and localities, and incorporates the role of citizens more directly in the analysis. This approach underlines, contrary to the approach of the U. S. Supreme Court and Congress, how to structure the federal system so that each level of government can best contribute to public problems solutions and recognizes that interaction, partnership, and occasionally tension between levels of government are required to insure that citizens become more engaged in North American civil society.
Keywords : federalism; intergovernmental relationships; state and local governments; institutional design.