The Weakening of the States
Publication Date: November 2009
Publisher(s): The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government
Author(s): Richard P. Nathan
Keywords: Federalism; American Government
Coverage: United States
The role of the states in American government is weakening, according to this report released at the Institute's first national conference on states' long-term budget gaps. There are three main causes: The Great Recession has strained states' finances, while increasing the need for services. Medicaid continues to put pressure on states' finances. And the information revolution has de-emphasized states by creating the false impression that more domestic government can be micromanaged from Washington.