POLS 206 2311

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POLS 206 2/3/11 Defining Federalism -What is Federalism? *-Federalism: a way of organizing a nation so that two or more levels of government have formal authority over the land and people *-Unitary governments: a way of organizing a nation so that all power resides in the central government *-Confederation: The United Nations is a modern example --All of the power is in the hands of the components --ex. European Union *-Intergovernmental Relations: the workings of the federal system-the entire set of interactions among national, state and local governments -Why is Federalism so Important? -Decentralizes our politics -More opportunities to participate -Decentralizes our policies -Federal and state governments handle different problems -States regulate drinking age, marriage, and speed limits - States can solve the same problem in different ways and tend to be policy innovators The Constitutional Basis of Federalism -The Division of Power
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