Ch 16: FTCE Social Science: State & Local Governments

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Watch engaging video lessons and take short quizzes in this self-paced chapter to boost your knowledge of state and local governments. These study resources can simplify the process of preparing for the FTCE Social Science test.

FTCE Social Science: State & Local Governments - Chapter Summary

This chapter offers the overview you need to gain full comprehension of state and local governments. Explore entertaining video lessons developed by top instructors to ensure you understand devolution, the division of powers and more before taking the FTCE Social Science test. By the end of this chapter, you will be ready to:

  • Describe the responsibilities and challenges of local and state governments
  • Explain how the Constitution divides powers between the national government and the states
  • Share the meaning and examples of devolution
  • Discuss the mandates and court rulings that allow for federal controls on state governments

Access the lessons in this chapter as short videos that average 8 minutes each, or scroll down to review them as written transcripts you can print or read online. Multiple-choice quizzes paired with the lessons can check your knowledge of the concepts they cover. Use our practice exam to gauge your overall understanding of state and local governments. Taking advantage of these study resources can ensure you're ready for state and local government questions on the FTCE Social Science test.

5 Lessons in Chapter 16: FTCE Social Science: State & Local Governments
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What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

1. 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

2. 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.

Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States

3. 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.

Devolution: Definition & Examples

4. 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.'

Federal Controls on State Governments: Mandates and Federal Court Rulings

5. 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.

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