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Ch 112: NMTA Social Science: U.S. Federal, State & Local Government Interaction

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Find out all the facts about interactions between the U.S. federal, state and local governments as you prepare for the NMTA Social Science exam. Our short video lessons cover the responsibilities and powers of the different levels of government.

NMTA Social Science: U.S. Federal, State and Local Government Interaction - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to assist with your review of U.S. federal, state and local governments in preparation for the NMTA Social Science Exam. The videos discuss key topics you need to know for the exam, including:

  • Responsibilities of local government
  • Powers belonging to state governments
  • Division of powers between the state and federal government
  • Reasons for devolution
  • Federal control of state governments through mandates and rulings

Our expert instructors describe each level of government, its key features, and how they interact with one another. By using a combination of the videos, text lessons and assessment quizzes, the material becomes easier to understand and retain.

NMTA Social Science: U.S. Federal, State and Local Government Interaction Chapter Objectives

The NMTA Social Science exam evaluates your knowledge of the social sciences: historiography and world history, U.S. history, geography and culture, government and economics. The topics in this U.S. Federal, State and Local Government Interaction chapter fall within the government content domain, which makes up 19% of the test questions. The self-assessment quizzes give you an opportunity to test how well you know the material and at the same time practice with the types of questions that will be on the test. There are 150 multiple-choice questions on the NMTA Social Science exam.

5 Lessons in Chapter 112: NMTA Social Science: U.S. Federal, State & Local Government Interaction
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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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