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Unformatted text preview: B C Subnational government sovereign In state and local govts. Do not do much. Decentralized govts. Do more. SO WHAT!?!?!? The constitutional structure + distribution of power = how politics works. Federal States may look unitary and vice versa. Keeps US in context. Symmetrical vs. asymmetrical federalism Symmetrical federalism Same rights and powers Example U.S. Assymetrical Federalism Different powers Ex. Spain!!! Why form a federation (advantages) Govern a bigger territory. More people, bigger military, more labor. Government closer to citizens. Variation in policy Policy experimentation Accommodate ethnic diversity Disadvantages of federalism Complexity National and subnational govt. conflict Redundancy Bad policy possible Unequal services Exploitation, not protection, ethnic minorities...
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