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Chapter 3 - Federalism LearningObjectives federalism

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Learning Objectives: The basic features of American federalism Ambiguities and contradictions of the constitutional references to  federalism The most important historical developments involving federalism What is proper distribution of power between the states and the federal  government?  Federalism
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What is federalism? Federalism – a system of government in which power is divided by a  constitution, between central government and regional governments To be a federal government in a democratic system, each level of  government must have  1) its own set of elected officials 2) its own capacity to raise revenue by means of taxation 3) independent authority to pass laws regulating the lives of its citizens 4) the power to define its boundaries  Federalism – a contentious issue?
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