POSC100 Notes POSC 100
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Date Created: 05/02/16
Federalism-‐ system where power is distributed between the state and the central gov Federalists-‐ movement founded in our country, wants stronger central governments Anti federalists-‐ movement founded in our country wanted states rights, more power to the states, less power to the federal gov Confederation-‐system of gov where the states which were the smaller units have power and the federal gov has little power Unitary state-‐all the power is in the central gov, units controlled by it Supremacy clause-‐gives federal law superiority over state law Commerce clause-‐ allows the fed gov regulat trade between states, flaws of the articles of confed. Devolution-‐A movement that was started in the 1980s under ronald regan, effort to return power back to the states, part of the liberitarian movement States rights-‐10th amendment, reserves the right for the states to govern in any area that isnt expressly given power to the fed gov in the constitutions Representative democracy-‐in the Us, where polititicans are elected to rep the ppl in gov Direct democracy-‐all te ppl vote and debate Monarchy-‐ruled by one Oligarchy-‐ruled by few Articles of confed-‐ the first constitution of the US, fed gov didn’t have enough power so it failed Constitutional convention-‐held in Philadelphia to change the articles into the constitution Constitution-‐ the separation of powers, the branches of gov, the powers of the branches, which branch has what power Amendments-‐1, 2, 10, 13, 14, 15 amendments Electoral college-‐presidents are elected thru this, president not voted thru popular vote Checks and balances-‐ separations of powers, the founding fathers structured the gov so that it was less likely that the ppl would be tyrannized Separation of powers-‐founding fathers structured the gov so there was less likely hood that no one would be tyrannized
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