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  • Regional Governments And A Federal Government
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    Political Science 100 November 19, 1999 David Winchester Daren Shields Federalism: Federalism is a widely accepted system of government in North American cultures. To many North Americans it seems to be the obvious choice for all world governments, but this is not the case. In all honesty, federalism is a fairly unique form of government. Out of approximately two hundred nations on the earth one hundred and eighty states practice unitary forms of government, leaving only twenty or so as federal ...
  • Federal Government
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    David Federalism The current state of federalism in the United States is of one of peril, plagued with recent Supreme Court rulings, current debates over the devolution of Federal powers, and variance in State governing. The United States has always been troubled with the role of the Federal government V. State government on numerous issues. Since around the time of the Great Depression, the federal government was charged with the taking care of the American public in many social and economic ma...
  • Federal Government
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    The Change of Federalism Federalism is derived from the meaning of federal; which is defined as: pertaining to the nature of a union of states under a central government distinct from the individual governments of the separate states. What this explanation means in everyday terms is that, federalism consists of the national government, the state government and the local government all having one central body of government. Throughout the history of the United States, as with everything else, tim...
  • Contact With Drugs In Prison
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    Alternatives to prisons Today, more than ever before in the history of our penal system, our people are being sent to prisons all across the United States for such offenses as drug possession, traffic violations and other minor scrapes with the law. Apparently the American public has decided by popular vote that incarceration is the cure all for our countries complex crime problems. However, now we are facing prison overcrowding like never before in the history of The United States. I believe we...
  • Assertions Of States Rights On Many Issues
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    On Feb. 19, 1985, the United States Supreme Court ruled that federal minimum wage laws apply to employees of state and local governments. The case, Garcia vs. San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Authority, was one in a long series of controversies over the issue of states' rights. The Constitution, in Article 6, states: "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof... shall be the supreme Law of the Land". The Tenth Amendment, however, says that: "Th...
  • Gibbons Vs Ogden And Other Cases
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    In America's time there have been many great men who have spent their lives creating this great country. Men such as George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson fit these roles. They are deemed America's "founding fathers" and laid the support for the most powerful country in history. However, one more man deserves his name to be etched into this list. His name was John Marshall, who decided case after case during his role as Chief Justice that has left an everlasting mark on today's jud...
  • Power Of State And Federal Governments
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    Due to the immense power of our federal government, people often argue that it is too powerful and should be lessened. Since the 1990's there has been an effort to shift power from the federal government to the states. States rights has been an issue since our country was first founded, and even now we cant seem to please everyones requests at equal power. This country was founded with the attempt to separate the federal government and the state government, known as federalism. The goal of feder...
  • Roles Of The Federal Government
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    The Evolution of the Constitution American federalism has changed drastically since its genesis. In 1776 the thirteen colonies adopted the Articles of Confederation in order to coordinate their efforts in the war for independence. The Articles of Confederation bound the states together in two main aspects; foreign and military affairs. The Articles of Confederation worked well while all the states had a common cause. However, as soon as the war ended and interests began to change, it became obvi...
  • Federal Money The State And Local Government
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    Federal laws and regulations requiring specific action from state and local governments without providing federal funding to pay for it are called " unfounded mandates". The Clean Air Act (CAA) of 1970, which established nationwide standards for air quality, is one such "unfounded mandate". Although it is a federal law, states must pay the cost of implementation and enforcement. For years, state and local governments have lobbied Congress to end the practice of federal mandates without funds for...
  • States And Federal Government
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    Federalism, by definition, is the division of government authority between at least two levels of government. In the United States, authority is divided between the state and national government. "Advocates of a strong federal system believe that the state and local governments do not have the sophistication to deal with the major problems facing the country" (Encarta. com). Even before the Constitution was ratified, strong argument were made by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison in...
  • Last Half Of The Twentieth Century Federalism
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    INTRODUCTION TO FEDERALISM Federalism is the form of government in the united states where separate states are united under one central authority but with specific powers granted to both components in a written constitution. Patrick Henry coined the word in 1788 when, during the Virginia ratification convention debates over the proposed U. S Constitution, he angrily asked, "Is this federalism? ' ' In 1787 the constitution replaced it with another, more balanced, version that has worked for over ...
  • Strong Example Of Competitive And Cooperative Federalism
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    Evolving Federalism Pre-Class Assignment 09 May 4, 2004 Federalism by definition is the division of power between a central government and its participating members. How that power is divided is the subjective aspect of federalism that was before the framers of the United States. Through compromise and necessity the seeds for a strong central government were planted alongside already strong state governments. Over time the seeds for strong central government grew; wars, economic fluctuations and...
  • Federal Government And The States
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    Federalism is a system of government in which power is, within the constitution, divided between a central authority and constituent political units. They work independently but share sovereignty. There are three parts of federalism; delegated powers, reserved powers, and concurrent powers. Delegated powers are the powers given to the federal government by the constitution. Reserved powers are set for the states and or the people. Finally, concurrent powers are rights shared by both the federal ...
  • Federal Sovereignty Versus States Rights
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    By: Anonymous Federal Sovereignty vs. Rights of the States Continued... Federal Sovereignty versus States Rights was not a new problem to the United States. First appearing during the writing of the Constitution and continuing through Hamilton's Bank and the Federalist Papers, this debate raged right into the 19th century, beginning with the Hartford Convention, where delegates proposed that a state had the right to "interpose authority" in a case of "dangerous and palpable infractions". However...
  • Power Of The Federal Government
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    President Ronald Reagan was in his sixth year of office in 1985 when the Supreme Court held 5-4, and against a previous 1976 decision, that federal minimum wage standards covered public transportation workers. The case was Garcia vs. San Antonio Metropolitan Transit, and it once again confirmed the power of the federal government to regulate the states. This power of broad regulation over the states, deferred to the federal government, isn't absolute nor is it likely to remain at a consistent le...
  • Federal And State Prisons
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    Last Solution For Outbreak of Gangs? Currently being discussed in Congress is the Anti-gang Bill, also known as the "Gangbusters Bill". This bill would turn gang-related violent offenses into federal crimes punishable by mandatory sentences of at least ten years, expand the range of crimes punishable by death, and allow U.S. prosecutors to try 16 and 17 year old gang members as adults in federal courts. One unfortunate effect of this new bill will be the progressing overcrowding of federal priso...
  • Federal Dollars To Localities And States
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    The Government Should Make Use of Revenue Sharing Federal grants have become more common over the last 60 years, due to the expansion and retraction of the size of the federal government. The federal government began expanding in the 1930's to deal with the Depression. It used federal agencies to directly deal with problems. As time went on, the tasks were turned over to the states, but the federal government still remained involved through the use of federal grants to states and localities. In ...
  • Devolution Of The Federal Government
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    According to the article, the majority of the nation seems to be pro-devolution, or for returning power from the federal government to state governments on several issues. The author gives several reasons for devolution and against it, but overall he thinks that devolution would be a major mistake for the nation and proposes that we instead readjust the federal government to meet the needs of today. There are several reasons given for devolution of the federal government, the first is that a sin...
  • Grants The Federal Government
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    (-AUSTRALIAN-) by Colum Graham Since 1939, the federal government has various ways, gained power without amendment to the constitution Page One- The words of the constitution have changed very little since federation, nineteen hundred and one. Out of forty-two attempts to change the constitution (by referendum) have occurred and only eight have succeeded. Only three of those eight have had any real significance to the balance of power between state and federal government. However within the grea...
  • Federal System By The Constitution
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    In our world today there are three major structures for government. The most prevalent is the unitary system, where power is held in at a national level and very little power is delegated to the smaller political subdivisions. The least common is the Confederation, which is a union of similar states with only some power being held at a national level. Then there is Federalism, which is an equal sharing of powers between both national, local and state governments. The United States has gone from ...

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