PSCI constitution-federalism

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Foundations of Government Foundations of Government The Constitution and Federalism
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Introduction Introduction Constitutions: what they are US Constitution: a product of rational self- interest The Madisonian Model Foreign policy and the Constitution Federalism and public policy
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Constitutions Constitutions Definition A nation’s fundamental law. It creates political institutions, assigns or divides powers in government. Constitutions dictate what government can and cannot do. The US Constitution even guarantees rights and protections in the Bill of Rights.
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Constitutions (cont.) Constitutions (cont.) Sets the “rules of the game.” Rules have consequences for who gets what, when, and how—they affect politics Constitutions, therefore, affect the distribution of resources; they affect policies Some rules are broad, interpretable, and changing. This allows for the contraction or expansion of governmental power over time
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Why a New Constitution Why a New Constitution The Articles of Confederation First Constitution of the United States States have most powers; weak central government Economic turmoil scares the elite New Constitution needed Strong central government to regulate economy and protect interest of the wealthy
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U.S. Constitution A product of competing interests intent on furthering own self interest North v. South Slavery allowed by original Constitution States v. Federal government Who has which powers? How do states interact with each other?
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2011 for the course PSCI 1050 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '07 term at North Texas.

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