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Ch 4: Structure of Local & Federal Governments

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Review the key topics associated with the structure of local and federal governments in this chapter's lessons. The rule of law is discussed in addition to a number of constitutional considerations in text and video.

Structure of Local & Federal Governments - Chapter Summary

This chapter's coverage includes a look at federalism and the main pieces of the US Constitution such as the preamble and amendments. In addition to the US Constitution you will also review the parts of the Michigan State Constitution. The lessons in this chapter also direct your attention to the federal controls on state governments.

You will also come across material addressing the powers and responsibilities of government at the state level such as birth certificates and driver's licenses in this chapter. Further chapter content covers an analysis of government functioning at the local level. Some learning goals for you upon completion of reviewing the chapter are as follows:

  • Discuss Articles I-III of the US Constitution and the branch of government each one established
  • Identify the main pieces to the Michigan State Constitution
  • Discuss the major responsibilities of state governments
  • Explain the main functions of county and municipal governments

This chapter's video lessons can be studied to strengthen your comprehension and retention of the presented material on local and federal governments. When you view a video lesson and wish to return to a specific spot you can easily do so by using the featured video tags. You will also find that for each video lesson there is a lesson transcript that goes along with it. Taking some of the practice quizzes allows you to receive a quick assessment of where you stand with the content you have reviewed.

8 Lessons in Chapter 4: Structure of Local & Federal Governments
What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption

1. What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption

The United States government is based on federalism, with governmental power divided between several entities. This lesson explores federalism and explains the factors that led to its use in the U.S.

What Is the Rule of Law? - Definition & Principle

2. What Is the Rule of Law? - Definition & Principle

Rule of law takes on several meanings. On one hand, it means that no person or government is above the law. In another, it means that no government or its officials can enforce laws that are unfair or unjust.

The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

3. The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

The U.S. Constitution is one of the most important documents in history. It establishes the government of the United States, and its first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights, assures every U.S. citizen the rights we have all come to hold dear.

Constitutional Provisions for Limited Government

4. Constitutional Provisions for Limited Government

The United States Constitution lays out a limited federal government. Our federal government is based on federalism, with a separation of powers. This lesson explores constitutional provisions for a limited government.

Major Components of the Michigan State Constitution

5. Major Components of the Michigan State Constitution

This lesson breaks down the articles of the Michigan State Constitution into easy-to-chew pieces. Learn fun facts and key issues from this nearly 40,000 word document, including topics of current debate and legacy items that give us a glimpse of the history.

Federal Controls on State Governments: Mandates and Federal Court Rulings

6. Federal Controls on State Governments: Mandates and Federal Court Rulings

Though we have federalism, the federal government still controls certain aspects of state government. This lesson takes a look at the ways the federal government controls state government, such as federal court decisions and mandates.

What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

7. What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

Each of the 50 states has a state government. Within those states, each county and municipality also has a government. This lesson explains the organization of local governments and explores the powers and responsibilities of local governments.

What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges

8. What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges

The United States has a federal government and each of the 50 states has a state government. This lesson explains the organization of state governments, and explores the powers and responsibilities of state governments.

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