Federalism - Federalism o Division of power from the...

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Federalism o Division of power from the federal govt to the state govt o States Rights vs. Federal Supremacy (*) States/counties/cities have a bit of sovereignty Where do we draw the line between federal powers and state powers? Tension between the two Key issue in understanding governmental changes concerning civil rights Two Competing Philosophies o “Layer-Cake” Federalism (dual federalism) Distinct levels One is above the other Clear boundaries between national and local govts National government rules by specific enumerated powers provided by the Constitution only Each layer of government, both national and state, is sovereign within its own sphere Within this understanding we can see the struggle between those supporting state rights and those favoring national government authority o Those favoring national authority refer to implied powers o “Marble-Cake” Federalism (cooperative) Can’t distinguish between the two layers
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