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About Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations

Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations

The Rockefeller Institute has conducted many analyses of how federalism really works in the United States. Its studies have focused on the changing roles of state and local governments in American government as well as the relationships between the national government, on the one hand, and state and local governments, on the other. This research has included general analyses of federalism and studies of national-state-local relations in policy areas such as health care, state and local finance, welfare and social services, and workforce development.

The work of a number of members of our research staff touches upon issues of federalism.

Thomas Gais, director of the Rockefeller Institute, has written extensively on federalism, especially with respect to social policies.

Richard Nathan, former director of the Rockefeller Institute, has long been a nationally recognized expert on federalism.

James Fossett, director of Medicaid Studies and expert on state bioethics issues, has written extensively on health policy issues and government.

Irene Lurie directed the Rockefeller Institute’s study of front-line management and practice in welfare and workforce agencies. She has written extensively on welfare policy and the implementation of welfare reforms in the United States.

Frank Thompson, former dean of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, SUNY, and visiting fellow at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, has published on issues of health policy, policy implementation, public personnel policy, and administrative politics.