Devolution: Definition & Examples


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The president of a country falls ill, passing some of the presidential authority to the vice president. This transfer of certain power describes:

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1. _____ refers to the practice of the federal government handing over some responsibility of federal social programs to the states to administer at their discretion.

2. Which of the following was NOT reflected in the criticism of devolution in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In this quiz, you will be asked to identify key terms given their definitions, understand how devolution developed and how it is related to the constitution.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students taking these assessments will be quizzed on the following goals:

  • Identify key terms given their definition
  • Understand the development of devolution
  • Recall the relationship between devolution and the U.S. constitution

Skills Practiced

This lesson offers practice with the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the era of updated social programs from the related devolution lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as federalism and new federalism
  • Information recall-access the knowledge you've gained regarding the transfer of one entity's powers to another entity

Additional Learning

The lesson entitled Devolution: Definition & Examples can be used to get more in-depth information about this concept. The lesson contains the following objectives:

  • Explain ways devolution is related to federalism
  • Understand reasons devolution gained popularity
  • Explore objections to devolution