Reading Response 2

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Week 2 Discussion: Federalism

This week's readings has me thinking about how the American government is designed to help solve collective action problems.  Please choose one of the following questions and react to it briefly in the discussion boards.

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  • Consider our reading on Federalism and the Coronavirus this week.  In your view, what are the advantages and disadvantages of having state and local governments take the lead in pandemic prevention policy? Can you imagine a better way to produce new policy ideas and more efficient coordination?


  •  If you could make a recommendation to help the national and state governments coordinate their responses to Coronavirus, what would it be? Why would this be an important recommendation?


  • Over the last two weeks we have learned about how our Constitution was created to help coordinate and resolve collective action problems.  What collective action problems do you see now in American state politics? How can the federal government help resolve the problem you've identified ? (You can think about collective action problems in clean air, immigration, medical supplies, or anything else.)
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