3-Federalism - Structure: Another Factor that Impacts...

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Structure: nother Factor that Another Factor that Impacts American Politics Federalism
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Federalism as a System of Government Federalism: a system whereby different levels of government exercise ower and authority over the same power and authority over the same body of citizens ational Government often has a different National Government often has a different constituency and thus has different priorities State governments are locally oriented and closer to the people
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U.S. Federalism: Pros and Cons Advantages Looking at America, it is very diverse nd the needs reflect that diversity and the needs reflect that diversity Multiple levels of governments can address those diverse needs States and cities are closer to the people Allows for innovation and experimentation that a unitary system may not have time for
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U.S. Federalism: Pros and Cons Disadvantages Every state can set their own standards r a problem/issue and the result is a for a problem/issue and the result is a lack of national standards Lack of uniformity in rules and programs For example, CA has the highest welfare support payments of any state—a federal pass through that provides different services in different states Some levels of government have low visibility and result in a lack of popular control
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Roots of Federalism Most federal systems are in countries that are large and diverse Federalist Papers argued that the size and diversity of the U.S. made federalism especially appropriate d a p a y app op a Diversity includes geography, religion, ethnicity, language, etc.
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Federalism in the Constitution How is federalism embodied in the Constitution?
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This note was uploaded on 01/13/2012 for the course POL 1 taught by Professor Robertbrown during the Fall '05 term at Riverside Community College.

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