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into their harm area.
- Federalism promotes public participation. Since state governments are "closer to the people,"
individuals are arguably more likely to participate in state government politics; they are more likely to
know their representatives, to think that the issues are important, and to have a more direct stake in
- Federalism alleviates social and ethnic tensions. Individual states in a federalist system are
supposed to be able to make their own policy choices that diverge from the national norm. As long as
those choices are allowed, individuals are more likely to have their preferences protected and live as
they wish. If they are not able to make these decisions for themselves, they may decide to succeed or
fight other groups whose interests and preferences they may see as mutually exclusive.
- Federalism encourages policy experimentation and innovation. If different states adopt different
policies, each will likely adopt some policies that work and some that fail. Other states, and the
national government, can learn from that experimentation. If the federal government only adopts a
single policy, and it fails, there may be no alternatives on the horizon.
- Federalism provides opportunities for a number of individuals and groups to have power. If the
states all have their own strong policy-making apparatuses and areas of authorities, it prevents the
tyrannical concentration of power in one group. 2|Page Federalism DA BDL
Glossary Federal. The federal government is the central government in Washington, D.C.
Federalism. Federalism is the balance of power between the state governments and the federal
Liberty. Liberty is the idea that human beings have control over their own actions.
Majoritarianism. Majoritarianism is the belief that we should do what most people want even if the
desires of the majority infringe on the minority.
Subsidy. An amount of money that is designated to support a particular project.
Supremacy Clause. Article VI, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution is known as the Supremacy
Clause because it provides that the "Constitution, and the Laws of the United States … shall be the
supreme Law of the Land." It means that the federal government, in exercising any of the powers
enumerated in the Constitution, must prevail over any conflicting or inconsistent state exercise of
power. 3|Page Federalism DA BDL
Federalism 1NC Shell A. Uniqueness – Obama has given authority over transportation infrastructure to the states
now, enabling a strong balance of federalism
Bruce Katz, Vice President of the Metropolitan Program @ the Brookings Institute, 2012
(“Remaking Federalism to Remake the American Economy,” February 16,
On the programmatic front, President Obama has worked to enable states and localities to
tackle structural challenges in integrated ways. The administration’s Sustainable
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