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POSC 100 - Exam #1 Study Guide

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POSC 100 - Exam #1 Study Guide POSC 100

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This is the study guide for Exam #1. It includes key terms and basic ideas for topics such as federalism, the Constitution, checks and balances and the Articles of Confederation.
Intro to American Government
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Date Created: 02/07/16
Political Science 100 – Test #1  Review Sheet Important Terms and Concepts to Review   Federalism o A system under which government powers are divided between the central government and small, more local units o No government completely controls the other and each has room for independent action o Tends to be found in countries that are large and diverse  Federalists o Believe in a strong, central government o Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, and FDR are examples of Federalists  Anti-Federalists o Believe that states are coequal to the national government  Confederation o Member states can retain autonomy and can veto the central government  Unitary State o The central government controls all subunit governments (states and regions)  Central gov’t has all the power  Supremacy Clause o States that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, taking precedence over state and local law  Commerce Clause o Gives Congress the power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among several states”  Devolution o The act of process by which the central government gives power, property, etc. to local groups or governments  A form of decentralization  State’s Rights o Political powers reserved for the US state governments rather than the federal government  Representative democracy o A system in which citizens select others to govern on their behalf o Rule by the people exercised indirectly through representatives elected by the people  Direct democracy o Requires that all citizens be able to meet regularly to debate and decide upon policies o Very impractical for larger cities (in the past)  Monarchy o Rule by one o Ex: North Korea  Oligarchy o Rule by the few o Ex: China, Iran  Articles of Confederation o Passed by second Continental Congress in 1777 and ratified in 1781 o Delegated little power to central government  Most important decisions were left to state legislatures o No chief executive or federal courts o Left the US unable to conduct effective foreign policy  Constitutional Convention o Took place in 1787 in Philadelphia, PA o Objective was to draft a new Constitution that would replace the Articles of Confederation o Goals were to prevent “tyranny of the majority,” balance state’s right vs. federal power, and protect the right of individuals  Constitution o Divides power and responsibility among government branches o Outlines the relationship between the states and the federal government o Provided specifics on how individuals are to be selected for office and their eligibility  Amendments o Constitution is very hard to amend  Must go through a formal process to be amended o There have been 27 amendments since the Constitution was ratified  10 were the Bill of Rights  Electoral College o The president is not elected by direct vote, but rather by “electors” o Each state is given electoral votes equal to the number of members in the House of Representatives plus two senators.  Checks and balances o President: Nominates judges to the Supreme Court, can veto congressional legislation o Congress: May impeach, convict, and remove federal judges from office, controls the courts’ budget, and all Supreme Court justices must be confirmed by the state. They can also approve/reject the president’s administrate and judicial nominees, bills, and treaties. Congress controls federal budget and can override a presidential veto. Can impeach, convict, and remove the president from office. o Supreme Court: Can declare congressional legislation and executive acts unconstitutional.  Separation of Powers o Executive – implements the law o Legislative – writes and passes law o Judicial – interprets law/judicial review


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