Federalist No. 41: Does Polarization Inhibit Coordination?

Anthony M. Bertelli

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Federalist Nos. 41-43 provide a unified justification for the powers granted to the national government by posing a series of questions about the four classes of responsibilities, such as declaring war. This essay examines the role of polarization in limiting the coordination of powers needed for effective administration and uses ideology estimates for four states to illustrate the difficulties embedded in shared power between national and state governments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S62-S67
JournalPublic Administration Review
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Dec 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing


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