Intergovernmental Relations in the American Administrative State

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Intergovernmental Relations in the American Administrative State

The Johnson Presidency

By David M. Welborn and Jesse Burkhead

Drawn from a wealth of primary material in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, the study probes the objectives of President Johnson and other framers of new policies and programs, within the institutional and political context of the 1960s.

1989

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6 x 9 | 336 pp.

ISBN: 978-0-292-74197-3

During the 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson and his administration substantially altered the structure of the American administrative state. Creating intergovernmental programs to forward the goal of the Great Society, they changed the contours of national-state-local relationships, and these changes largely have remained, despite the attempts of later administrations to reverse them. Intergovernmental Relations in the American Administrative State is the first comprehensive study of how and why these changes occurred.

Drawn from a wealth of primary material in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, the study probes the objectives of the president and other framers of new policies and programs, within the institutional and political context of the time. The authors give special attention to the inherent incongruities that arise when intergovernmental programs are used to address problems defined in national terms. In addition, they reveal how certain programs actually challenged the power of established national bureaucracies. They conclude with a thoughtful overview of the Johnson legacy in intergovernmental relations during subsequent administrations.

By David M. Welborn and Jesse Burkhead

David M. Welborn (1934–2011) was Professor of Political Science at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Jesse Burkhead is Maxwell Professor of Economics and Public Administratlon Emeritus at Syracuse University.

"…a truly monumental work. Intergovernmental Relations not only tells a fascinating and instructive story about a critical time in the development of federalism in the United States, it also is a remarkable study of the presidency. . . . The authors are to be congratulated for the tremendous job they have done."
—Richard H. Leach, Professor of Political Science, Duke University

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