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Lecture+4+_Federalism_ - 790: 104: Introduction to American...

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Unformatted text preview: 790: 104: Introduction to American Politics Lecture #4: Federalism and U.S. Politics Main Questions What is Federalism? Why do we have a Federal System? How does Federalism Work? How do Americans Feel about Federalism? Definition of Federalism Federalism: Division of Sovereignty between at least two levels of government. Most democracies reject federalism in favor of unitary government Sources of American Federalism American federalism is a product of the debates over ratification of the US Constitution. The Anti-Federalists campaigned to protect the sovereignty of the states against the federal government created by the Constitution. The 10th Amendment to the Constitution establishes our federal system. Dual Sovereignty? Powers of the Federal Govt Conduct Foreign Relations Raise Armies and Declare War Regulate Imports and Exports Regulate Interstate Commerce Powers of the States Maintain State Militias (the National Guard) Regulate Commerce within the state Levy Taxes Borrow Money How Federalism is Structured in the Constitution How Federalism is Structured: Sources of Federal Supremacy Supremacy Clause (Article VI) of the US Constitution):...
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