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PSCI 1101- Intro to American Politcs week 4 notes

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The fourth week of notes for PSCI 1101/ Into to American Politics. In these notes we end the discussion on the constitution and move to federalism
Intro to American Politics
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PSCI 1101, intro to american politics, constitution, federalism




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Date Created: 02/06/16
PSCI 1101­ Intro to American  Politics­ Week 4 Notes  Constitution/ Federalism  2/4- Federalism Federalism is a system of shared sovereignty between two levels of government. This is split up into nation and and subnational. The national government is more powerful, subnational governments usually operate  because the national government allows it Some alternatives to this include a unitary system or  The EU is one of the few federalist governments left today  National powers These are found in the constitution article 1 section 8 They also have the implied powers, also called the elastic cause, used to keep the  powers of the government flexible and able to change on a whim  Inherent powers­ “the powers of the national government that, although not always  expressly granted by  the constitution. These are essentially all of the powers that the  government did not have during the articles of confederation  State powers “the powers not delegated to the united states bt the constitution, nor prohibited by it to  the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people  Some powers: Issue licenses  regulate interstate business  Conduct elections  establish local governments Ratify amendments to the constitution promote public health and safety  The evolution of federalism McCulloch V. Maryland­ sets up for the supremacy clause and the necessary and  proper clause to become established Gibbons V. Ogden­ Really important to the commerce clause. This clause is very  important for the evolution of the federal government Civil War­ Important for Nullification(the idea that state governments can deny abiding  by an amendment) Different types of federalism  • Dual federalism­ The different levels of government are distinct. There is not a lot of  coordination between levels • Cooperative federalism­ (1930s) the new deal changes this. The different levels of  government work together • New federalism­ (devolution) This is the idea of transferring the power back down to  the states • Fiscal Federalism­ how the governments interact with each other mostly through  taxing and grants.  • Competitive Federalism­ “voting with your feet” when people get out of one state and  move to one that more fits what they want. States can govern themselves  • Coercive federalism­ getting the states to do what the governments wants. This can  be done through multiple means  “carrots and sticks” metaphor. Carrots essentially means bribery. Ex. if the national  government wanted colorado to get rid of the legalization of marijuana, they could pay them, sticks essentially means they will use brute force to make it happen.  Benefits of federalism 1. First, you can have regional differences of laws. This is useful due to how different  states have largely different ideals 2. Permits innovation and experimentation.  3. Provides another avenue for change.  4. Enables greater participation in the system. More people can get into government  instead of it all taking place in Washington Costs of federalism 1 Gaps between states. ex. Public schooling spending between states is largely  different.  5. Allow for different practices  Makes coordination very difficult. If a business wants to operate country wide, they  essentially have to abide by 50 different sets of rules Not all practices are good, federalism allowed: Slavery  segregation jim crow laws  civil war 6. Conflict between national and state laws.  Since federally marijuana is illegal federally, the federal law could come in and  arrest and use of it despite it being legal in colorado Recitation Quick thesis on importance of Strong Government  A strong federal government is important due to individual states inability to accurately  depict what is best for them. Under the articles of confederation, when there was little to no national government, little to no work got done. The whole reason we put a national  government in the constitution was due to the states not being able to unite and run a  country. 


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