New federalism was a reform measure introduced by the Nixon Administration after the New Deal and Great Society. It holds that states know more about the needs of the people than the federal government; therefore, more power should be transferred from the federal government to the states.
Comprised of two major programs, general revenue sharing and special revenue sharing, it is generally considered one of the more conservative types of federalism.
General Revenue Sharing
A program by which the federal government provided money to the states for various, largely unrestricted reasons.
Special Revenue Sharing
A program by which the federal government gave money to the state in the form of a block grant, which combined funding for many different programs. The way the money was to be spent was again left largely to the state itself.
- Cliffs AP, US Government and Politics, p50
- CliffsAP, US Government and Politics, p50