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The Weakening of the States

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Publication Date: November 2009

Publisher(s): The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government

Author(s): Richard P. Nathan

Topic: Government (State or regional government)

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.


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