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Levels of Government in the U.S. - Chapter Summary
This chapter will make your refresher sessions entertaining because you can watch lesson videos about topics like the powers of national and state governments, power sources in democratic politics and definition of a federal government. Estimate your progress in remembering the topics by taking the short quizzes after each lesson. The following topics are also included in this chapter:
- Powers of a state government
- Definition and responsibilities of a local government
- Way in which tribal governments are structured
- American federalism from 1787 to the present
Because our lessons are short, you can plan your study sessions to fit your schedule. Check out the written transcripts for information about the instructors, vocabulary words, and themes. We track your progress through the chapter on our dashboard, making it easy to see what you've accomplished.
1. What is a Federal Government? - Definition, Powers & Benefits
A federal government is a system that divides up power between a strong national government and smaller local governments. We'll take a look at how power plays out between the national and local government, and the benefits of a federal government.
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.
3. 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.
4. Structure of a Tribal Government
In this lesson we will learn what tribal governments are and how they are structured. We will also learn about their relationships with United States federal and state governments.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Sources of Power & Influence in Democratic Politics
Democratic politics can seem simple, but are really quite complex. In this lesson, we are going to talk about and present a few examples of the ways that power can by consolidated and utilized within a democratic system.
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