A theme of this book is that the federal government has taken on too much responsibility and should return some of its functions to the states. A clearer division of responsibilities between the states and the federal government could make both levels operate more effectively.
This position, however, appears to fly in the face of history. For much of the twentieth century, power has flowed toward Washington and the functions of federal and state government have become increasingly intertwined. Why did this happen? Are the reasons for the blurring of distinctions between federal and state government still valid today?
To the Founding Fathers, the division of responsibility between the states and the federal government was a crucial issue
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Publication information: Book title: Reviving the American Dream:The Economy, the States & the Federal Government. Contributors: Alice M. Rivlin - Author. Publisher: Brookings Institution. Place of publication: Washington, DC. Publication year: 1992. Page number: 82.
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