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Ch 3: Overview of Federalism in the United States

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If you need a quick overview of federalism in the United States, this chapter is for you. Work through these fun lessons and quizzes to improve your understanding of federalism for any academic need, like an upcoming test, project, research paper or homework assignment.

Overview of Federalism in the United States - Chapter Summary

Federalism is the basis of the United States government. If you know nothing about federalism, or you want to refresh your understanding of this system of government, check out this collection of engaging political science lessons. After defining the components of federalism, you'll study its applications at the federal, state and local levels. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Define federalism and recognize the factors that resulted in its adoption by the United States
  • Describe the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the U.S. government
  • Explain how the federal government controls aspects of state governments
  • Evaluate the responsibilities and challenges of state and local governments

To make sure you fully understand these federalism concepts, we've included lesson quizzes and a chapter exam. The chapter is completely self-paced, and you can study it in your spare time. You'll also find printable lesson transcripts and an easy-to-use Ask the Expert feature.

5 Lessons in Chapter 3: Overview of Federalism in the United States
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What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption

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.

The 3 Branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial

2. The 3 Branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial

In 1787, leaders from each of the states gathered to write the United States Constitution. The Constitution sets out how our nation is governed and creates a system that separates powers between different branches. This lesson explores the three branches of our federal government.

Federal Controls on State Governments: Mandates and Federal Court Rulings

3. 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.

What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

4. 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

5. 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.

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