Cover: Things fall apart; the center cannot hold: the crisis in governing

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold: the crisis in governing

Published 1982

by Peter DeLeon

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The Reagan Administration has proposed a number of policy initiatives which have the effect of decentralizing governmental services which, until recently, had increasingly become the responsibility of the federal (i.e., centralized) government. This paper inquires as to the possible effects of such decentralization tendencies. Drawing upon approaches advocated by the policy sciences and future studies, the analysis weighs goals, trends, and conditions to arrive at a set of projections and policies.

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