Chapter 3 Notes - Federalism (Chapter 3) I. Three types of...

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Federalism (Chapter 3) I. Three types of government a. Unitary System : all powers are vested in the national government. Subnational units are creators of the national government. (European governments, not really strictly unitary) b. Confederal System : the national government exists and operates only at the direction of the subnational governments. The local units hold all of the power. (European Union) c. Federalism : government powers divided between a central government and regional, or subdivisional governments II. Advantages to Federalism a. Dispersion of Power b. Keeps government closer to the people (can visit local representative) c. States/local officials can experiment with policies III. Disadvantages to Federalism a. Problems with coordination among levels of government b. In a federalist system, there is a lack of uniformity of laws across states/localities i. In a unitary system, all laws are the same IV. The US constitution defined federalism in terms of powers a. Powers delegated to the national government i. Express powers: those written in the constitution 1. (Admit new states, coin money, tax & spend, regulate
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2011 for the course ISS 225 taught by Professor Williams during the Fall '07 term at Michigan State University.

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Chapter 3 Notes - Federalism (Chapter 3) I. Three types of...

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