Reviving the American Dream: The Economy, the States & the Federal Government

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SEVEN Rethinking Federalism
Thus far I have argued that, for a variety of reasons, the division of tasks between federal and state governSment urgently needs to be reexamined.
Global interdependence requires the federal government to pay more attention to international affairs, so states must play a stronger role in domestic policy.
The policies needed to revitalize the economy, which include eliminating the federal deficit and increasing public investment in skills and infrastructure, cannot all be undertaken by Washington without a federal tax increase too big to be either likely or desirable.
Top-down management by the federal government is unlikely to bring about needed change in education, skill training, and other areas where reform is essential.
Some objectives, though, such as reform of health financing and control of medical costs, cannot be attained by states on their own.

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  • Title Page iii
  • The Brookings Institution v
  • Foreword vii
  • Contents ix
  • One the Dream, the Reality, and Some Solutions 1
  • Two Federal Policy Goes Global 20
  • Three Long-Term Goals for the Economy 32
  • Four Good News and Disappointment 42
  • Five What Went Wrong and What to Do About It 65
  • Six the Evolution of American Federalism 82
  • Seven Rethinking Federalism 110
  • Eight Paying for Stronger States 126
  • Nine Social Insurance: A Federal Priority 153
  • Ten Federalism Faces New Challenges 177
  • Recommended Readings 183
  • Index 188
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