What is federalism?
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What is federalism?


In this video we’ll discuss federalism. Federalism is about government power Federalism means that power is divided between a national government and state or provincial governments. In the United
States some powers belong to the national
government in Washington DC and other powers belong to the state
governments, such as the state government in New York. We call the national government in
Washington DC the federal government. In addition to
the national government in Washington DC there’s a government in each state so
there are 50 state governments. Federalism provides some powers that belong only to
the federal government and some powers only belong to the state
governments. One power the federal government has is to
regulate trade between the states. Another power of the federal government is
to declare war. States have powers too. States have
their own laws and their own police. States also generally run their own
schools. Some powers are shared. For example, both the federal and state
governments have the power to tax. Why does the United States have a
system of federalism? Remember, Americans fought the Revolutionary
War to gain independence from Britain. The 13 former colonies became 13
independent states. States were concerned about losing power to other states. States were also
concerned about losing their power to the national
government. However, many Americans realized they needed a central government strong
enough to unify the country. So on the one hand state governments did
not want a national government so strong that there would be tyranny
but a central government that was too weak could not unite the country. Federalism was a compromise. Federalism provides
some power to the national government in Washington DC and other powers belong to each of the
states. Because of federalism there are both federal and state legal systems in the United States. That’s why in the
United States there are both federal courts and state
courts. If you’d like to discuss federalism or any other matter related to
US law stop by my website and blog – – http://uslawessentials.squarespace.com – – and feel free
free to send me an email.

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