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chapter 4-4 - Chapter 4-4 Federalism and Politics...

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December 14, 2008 Chapter 4-4 Federalism and Politics Vocabulary: 1. Sunset law- a law that requires periodic checks of government agencies to see if they are still needed 2. Sunshine law- a law prohibiting public officials from holding meetings not open to the public 3. Bureaucracy- government administrators Notes: Federalism and Public Policy: -a policy is a stated course of action -Public policy- the course of action a gov. takes in response to some issue or problem -Federalism affects it by: 1. affects how and where new polices are made in the US 2. Introduces limits on government policy making New Ideas Develop: -Federalism permits states and localities to serve as proving grounds where new policies can be developed and tested -ex. Georgia let 18 year olds vote -sunset laws -sunshine laws -policy may also originate at the national level -sometimes the national gov. imposes new policies on states in which local pressure groups have resisted change Federalism and Political Parties: -rival parties are a key element in a gov.
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