The genesis of this book was an extraordinary three-day conference held at Hofstra University School of Law during April 1992. The Conference-- "Government Structures in the U.S.A. and the Sovereign States of the Former U.S.S.R.: Power Allocation Among Central, Regional and Local Governments" --was sponsored by the School of Law and was held in cooperation with a number of groups and organizations including the Russian Federation Permanent Mission to the United Nations and the Moscow Law Institute. The Conference involved over 100 scholars, government officials, public interest personnel and experts participating in over 20 substantive panels and sessions addressing the impact of relations among sovereign governments, subnational governments, and their citizens. The topics ranged from banking and budgets to education and human rights.
It is especially appropriate for a law school, such as Hofstra, to host such interdisciplinary events. It is law, when operating at its best, which stitches together the fabric of governance by binding up in a coherent way the many social, cultural and economic values reflected in local, regional, and state government arrangements. And it is critical that legal education work to equip every society's future lawyers to address those rearrangements in government articulately and with sophistication and sensitivity. It also is especially important that conferences take place in neutral fora such as academic institutions like Hofstra University.
This book provides valuable multidimensional insights into the political, policy, personal, and public interactions involved and should be of special