Hurricane Katrina: Lessons in Contemporary Intergovernmental Relations
Watch the PBS Frontline program, The Storm. The full length video is available at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/storm/. After viewing the program, consider the extent to which Katrina was a political disaster in intergovernmental relations. What government leaders, agencies, and officials were responsible for the political fallout of Katrina? What went wrong? Who is to blame? How do the complexities of the failed governmental response to Katrina highlight the complexities of contemporary intergovernmental relations?
Web-Based Discussion and Writing Assignment
The Intergovernmental Nature of Immigration Reform: Case Study
Addresses the following questions;
In what ways is illegal immigration an intergovernmental issue?
Why has this particular intergovernmental issue become so politically significant in recent years?
What are the responsibilities, if any, of the federal government to state and county governments that are struggling to deal with the “costs” of illegal immigration?