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- American federalism defined
- The evolution of American federalism from 1787 until the present
- Sovereignty in the American political system
- The division of powers between the national and state governments
- Devolution defined
- Equality vs. participation
- Federal controls on state governments through mandates and federal court rulings
- Local government responsibilities and challenges
- State government powers and responsibilities
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.
2. Development & Values of American Federalism
In this lesson you will explore the concept of federalism as it appears throughout American political history. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
3. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937
Though federalism is written into the United States Constitution, federalism hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism through the Great Depression.
4. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present
Federalism is written into the United States Constitution, but it hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism from the Great Depression to today.
5. Sovereignty in the American Political System: Definition & History
The United States is a sovereign nation with two levels of sovereignty. This lesson takes a look at the history of U.S. sovereignty, including the principles of dual sovereignty and nullification.
6. Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States
The U.S. Constitution uses federalism to divide governmental powers between the federal government and the individual state governments. This lesson explores this division of powers by looking at Supreme Court decisions.
7. Devolution: Definition & Examples
Devolution is the transfer of certain powers from the federal government to the states. This lesson explains devolution and examines several programs that are a part of the 'devolution revolution.'
8. Competing Values of Federalism: Equality vs. Participation
Federalism is designed to leave governmental power to the people, but there are two competing values of federalism: equality and participation. This lesson takes a closer look at federalism and at how these two ideals often conflict.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. What Is Statutory Law? - Definition, Cases & Examples
After you complete this lesson, you will be able to identify and understand what constitutes a statutory law. Moreover, you will review a significant Supreme Court case related to the subject and review some examples of statutory laws.
13. What is Dual Federalism? - Definition & Examples
A federal system divides authority between two levels, state and national--but who gets to do what? And how do we know? One doctrine, known as dual federalism, aims for a simple answer, but tends to find complexities.
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