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Federalism - Shared Sovereignty Some tensions Medical Marijuana Drinking age / dui level Response to Hurricane Katrina Unfunded mandates Federalism and its Alternatives Unitary system All power is located in one level of government Con-federal system Articles of Confederation European Union Federalism – power divided between central government and regional governments Why federalism is optimal for the US Geographic size State and local experimentation Different political subcultures But … what are the drawbacks? Self rule not always in society’s best interest Increased likelihood of factions Blockage of national plans Lack of uniformity from state to state Constitutional Division of Powers National Powers Expressed powers Implied powers Inherent powers Necessary and proper clause (elastic clause) Limits on national powers Taxes on exports Bill of Rights Police Powers Schools Constitutional Division of Powers cont.
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