© 1987

The Development of American Federalism


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Origin of Federal Governments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. William H. Riker
      Pages 3-16
    3. William H. Riker
      Pages 17-41
    4. William H. Riker
      Pages 43-67
  3. The Measurement of Federalism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-71
    2. William H. Riker, Ronald Schaps
      Pages 73-97
    3. William Paul Alexander Jr.
      Pages 99-112
    4. William H. Riker, Jonathan Lemco
      Pages 113-129
  4. Federal Institutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-134
    2. William H. Riker
      Pages 135-156
    3. William H. Riker
      Pages 157-190
    4. William H. Riker
      Pages 191-194
    5. William H. Riker, William Bast
      Pages 195-216
    6. William H. Riker
      Pages 217-221
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 223-233

About this book


The chapters of this book have diverse origins. They were written over the period 1954-1984. Several (i.e., three, four, seven, and ten) were originally published in scholarly journals. Several (i.e., one, eight, nine, and eleven) are excerpts from my previous books: Soldiers of the States and Federalism: Origin, Operation and Significance. And several (i.e., two, five, and six) were written for conferences and are now published here for the first time. Despite the fact that this history suggests they are quite unrelated, these chapters do indeed center on one theme: the continuity of American federalism. In order to emphasize that theme, I have written an introduction and an initial commentary for each chapter. These commen­ taries, taken together, with the introduction, constitute the exposition of the theme. Some of these chapters (four, six, and ten) were written with my students, Ronald Schaps, John Lemco, and William Bast. They did much of the research and analysis so the credit for these chapters belongs to them as much as to me. Chapter five is based quite closely on William Paul Alexander's dissertation for the Ph. D. degree at the University of Rochester, 1973.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Development of American Federalism
  • Authors William H. Riker
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-89838-225-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-7969-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-3273-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 234
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Political Science
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