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Chapter 3 - Federalism: the division of sovereignty...

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Federalism: the division of sovereignty (ultimate governing authority) between the national government and the state government Confederacy: sates alone are sovereign and the authority of the central government is derived from them , and they have the power to redefine its authority Unitary system: sovereignty is vested soley in the national government, people are citizens or subject of this national government How does federalism protect liberty? Protecting Liberty -Framers came to view federalism as part of the Constitution’s system of checks and balances -“If [the people’s] rights are invaded by either, they can make use the other as the instrument of redress” Moderating the Power of Government -Antifederalists—sacrifice of states’ power to the nation was unwise as it was unnecessary -Federalists- government serves the common good is a function not of the size but the range of interest that share political power Strengthening the Union -fixing under the Articles
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