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Dual federalism - Dualfederalism "layercake"...

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Dual federalism Dual federalism  looks at the federal system as a sort of "layer cake," with each layer of government  performing the tasks that make the most sense for that level.  The initial framing and ratification of the Constitution reflected this theory. Even those people  supporting a stronger national government proposed that powers in the federal government be  distinct and limited, with certain tasks enumerated for the national government in the Constitution  and the remaining tasks left to the state governments. Because this theory leaves each government  supreme within its own sphere of operations, it is also sometimes called  dual sovereignty.   One more-extreme outgrowth of this theory is the idea of  states' rights,  which holds that, because  the national government is not allowed to infringe on spheres left to state government, doing so 
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