Lecture 5 - deal from the start. Why Federalism?...

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American Politics Spring 2006 Lecture 5: Federalism
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What Does Federalism Mean? Where is the locus of power: Unitary, Federal, Confederal. In a federal system, Some policy areas exclusive to one level of gov’t, others shared. ‘Who does what’ often up for grabs.
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Allocations of Power Some explicit in Constitution (declaration of war, commerce clause). Others are implicit (‘necessary and proper’, commerce clause, ‘reserve clause,’ ‘implied powers’) Other allocations created by threats and rewards (fiscal federalism). Remember that federal republic was a
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Unformatted text preview: deal from the start. Why Federalism? Information. Protect rights of local minorities, allow discretion on purely local matters. Match preferences to services and taxes: vote with your feet Political fight about levels of services. Implications of Federalism Rights, responsibilities, benefits vary depending on where you live. Normative debate (is anything local?, where do rights come from) Debate about information, minority rights can mask battle over policy....
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