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U.S. Government And Politics, 2nd Edition by Franco Scardino

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CHAPTER3

Federalism

In This Chapter

  • Defining federalism
  • The constitutional structure of federalism
  • The powers and relationship of the federal government and the states
  • Federalism and the courts
  • The politics of federalism

Ever since the adoption of the Constitution, the nature of the relationship between the federal government and the states has been a major political question and source of conflict. The issue of slavery, the regulation of business, and the social welfare network programs were debated in terms of national interests and states’ rights.

The Constitution structured our federal system of government in a way to deal with political, ...

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