After students have
read and studied this chapter
, they should be able to:
Define three ways of ordering relations between a central government and regional or local governments.
Describe the historical arguments for and against federalism in the United States.
Identify and explain the division of powers between the national and state governments in the American federal system.
denied by the Constitution
Explain the supremacy clause and its implications.
Explain the obligations states have to each other.
Explain the constitutional
questions posed in
Gibbons v. Ogden
and how the Supreme Court resolved these issues.
Explain the importance of the commerce clause.
Explain the impact of the Civil War on federalism.
Explain the rights granted
by the Civil War amendments
, and their impact on federalism.
Describe dual federalism as it evolved after the Civil War.
Explain how dual federalism was replaced by cooperative federalism and how the Supreme Court’s resistance to cooperative federalism came to an end.
Explain the tools
of cooperative federalism
, including categorical grants and block grants.
Describe the impact of federal mandates on state and local governments.
Explain why conservatism has been associated with states’ rights and how the national government has been a force for change.
Explain the “new Federalism” adopted since the 1970s by the Republican Party.
Explain recent Supreme Court rulings affecting federalism.
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