Intergovernmental Management: A View from the Bottom


Michael McGuire is an associate professor of public and environmental affairs at Indiana University–Bloomington, where he teaches courses in public management and intergovernmental management. He is the coauthor of Collaborative Public Management: New Strategies for Local Governments (with Robert Agranoff, Georgetown University Press), which received the 2003 Louis Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration.


Intergovernmental management is more than just intergovernmental relationships involving the federal government. Though Professor McGuire agrees that the federal government has become more intrusive and opportunistic since the mid-20th century—resulting in less cooperative intergovernmental relations—he argues that collaborative management is much more prevalent than it is depicted in Dr. Conlan’s analysis. A bottom-up view suggests that local and regional activity can be both opportunistic and collaborative, and such a perspective must be considered in any discussion of managing federalism.