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State & Local Governments - Chapter Summary
Refer to this collection of lessons to review topics related to state and local governments in the United States. The chapter can help you fully understand the differences between state and local governments and recognize their responsibilities, powers and fiscal relationships. You'll study the famous McCulloch v. Maryland case and take a look at federal controls on state governments. After watching/reading the lessons in this chapter, you'll be able to:
- Identify the powers, responsibilities and challenges of state and local governments
- Recognize federal court rulings and mandates on state governments
- Understand fiscal relationships in different levels of government
- Summarize and assess the significance of the McCulloch v. Maryland case
The short and straightforward lessons in this chapter are generally less than ten minutes in length, which helps you quickly review important definitions and concepts related to state and local government. We've included self-assessment quizzes you can use to make sure you fully understand the chapter material, and you can print out lesson transcripts to supplement your study. It's easy to jump to specific topics through our interactive video timelines and you can read/watch any lesson as many times as needed. You can study the chapter material on your own schedule and access these lessons using virtually any desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device.
1. 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.
2. 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.
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.
4. The Case of McCulloch v. Maryland: Summary, Decision & Significance
One of the landmark cases of the early Supreme Court, McCulloch v. Maryland determined if the United States government had the right to establish a bank in Maryland and if the state had the right to tax the government for doing so. We'll discuss the case's decision and significance.
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