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American Government week 6 Notes

by: Shaylyn Bradshaw

American Government week 6 Notes POL-1113-4

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Date Created: 09/24/16
Federalism 3 most common types of government ● Unitary System ○ (national government that governs everything else) ○ Most common type of government globally  ● Confederal ○ Local governments runs the national government ○ Not currently used by any government ● Federalism ○ U.s., Germany, Switz,  ○ National, State, Local ○ Powers are distributed so one can not be overpowering ○ Local government powers depend on state gov. ● Strengths of Federalism: ○ No law or government becomes all powerful ○ Each state acts as an experimental farm (allows each local  government to be different, because not every place is the same)  ○ Subsidiarity:  ■ If something can be done at the smallest level of  local gov. It should be done at the lowest level of gov.  ● Downsides: ○ Very easy to block national policies ○ Difficult to dominate the gov by one group ○ Local government is more easily dominated ○ Easy for national government to “steamroll” over a state ● Characteristics of Federalism ○ Distributed powers ■ National Powers  ● Expressed/enumerated  ○ Powers that are  spelled out for us (Article 1) ● Inherent/Implied  ○ Article 1 section 8  (elastic section) ○ Very vague ■ State Powers ­ Reserved ● Any power that the national gov.  Can not do, states can ● Majority of powers are Police  Powers: ○ Regulates moral,  health, and safety ■ Shared powers between state and nation ● Concurrent ● Regulate minimum wage ■ Prohibited powers  ● Kept from export ● National gov can not make you pay  tax when sending something overseas ● Can not take away freedom of  speech ● State and State obligations ○ Each state has to give full credit to other states (rights given in  different states) ■ Marriage  ■ Felon  ○ Each state has to recognize people from another state as their  own ○ Can not shelter people from other states ● Local government ○ Exists mostly to depend on state gov. Dual Federalism ● 1789­1937 ○ Farmers of constitution intended this type but it only lasted for a  while ○ Layer cake (National government does not interfere with state  government ○ Strict division ● Today  ○ Marble cake ○ McCullough vs. Maryland (1819) ■ Opens the door for invasion of state powers but  does not happen right away because of States Rights 


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