3-3 - Federalism (in between unitary and confederal)...

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Federalism (in between unitary and confederal) Sovereignty (final say or last word of something) shared between central government and local governments o Central/federal government has the last word/final decision in some policy areas o Local government has last word in other policy areas\ Eg: regulate inter-state commerce (in US) clear federal power Unitary System (most countries in world) Central government reserves all sovereignty o Center has final word on all policies Confederal System (small minority in world) Local governments reserve all sovereignty o Local governments have final word on all policies o Why doesn’t it work well? Origins of Federalism Coming together federalism: independent units give up sovereignty…why? o Protection against enemies (doesn’t matter as much in current world) o Economic benefits (larger market) for big states (now we have free trade though) Holding-together federalism: central government grants sovereignty to hold country
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course POLI_SCI 250 taught by Professor Roberts during the Winter '08 term at Northwestern.

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3-3 - Federalism (in between unitary and confederal)...

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