Topic 3 - TOPIC 3 Federalism Introduction A Federalism is...

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TOPIC 3 Federalism Introduction A. Federalism is another way to divide power 1. 10 th 2. Primary institutional feature of the U.S. Const. B. Political Conflict 1. Struggle about which level govt. has the authority to decide “ who gets what” 2. Struggle between Federalist & Anti-federalist: debate about roles of state & national govts. 1. Definitions: Different ways to Divide Governmental Power A. Confederation 1. Central govt. subordinate to the regional govts. a. No direct grant of power from the constitution b. Central government can exercise only powers delegated by the regional governments 2. Typical Features of Confederation a. Weak central government b. Right of component parts to withdraw c. Unanimous consent to change constitution 3. Examples: Articles of Confederation; UN Confederation 4 states- const cent govt B. Unitary Government 1. Power concentrated in a single central govt. a. Central government may create subdivisions b. Local governments subordinate to central govt.
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c. Most common form of government UNITARY( opposite of confed)—all powers in single const. govt. People-const. cent govt subdivisions 2. Other examples: states and cities/counties C. Federalism (inbetween unitary and confed.) People-const. cent govt. subdivisions 1. Constitution divides the power between central government and its component parts (states, provinces) a. Each level has power independent of the other
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