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American-Style Federalism In a federal system, authority is divided between two or more distinct levels of government. In the United States the division is between the national (federal) government and the states. 1
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American-Style Federalism Federalism: Mixes elements of a confederation and a unitary government Before adopting a federal system in the Constitution the nation had experienced both of these alternatives. 2
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Qualifications of Federal Systems 1. The same people and territory are included in both levels of government. 1. The nation’s constitution protects units at each level of government from encroachment by the other units. 1. Each unit is in a position to exert some leverage over the other. 3
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Dual Federalism Leaves the states and the national government presiding over mutually exclusive “spheres of sovereignty.” Nationalization has shifted authority to the national side and away from state governments. Dual federalism no longer describes that nature of federal-state relations. 4
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The more accurate version of federalism is shared (or “cooperative”) The national and state governments jointly supply services to the citizenry. Over the years progressive nationalization
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