Federalism Court Cases

The following are exercises to help you learn more about important Supreme Court Cases relevant to federalism. For each, you should read and record the following: 1. Introduction, background or summary of case. 2. Court Decision (i.e. 5-4, unanimous, etc.) 3. What justice wrote the majority or per curiam opinion. 4. Why is this case […]

American Federalism

Federalism, by definition, is the division of government authority between at least two levels of government. In the United States, authority is divided between the state and national government. Advocates of a strong federal system believe that the state and local governments do not have the sophistication to deal with the major problems facing the […]

Federalism (Immigration)

Federalism is a term used to describe a government where power is divided between the state and national government. Some powers are reserved for the state while some are given to the national government. Subsequently, both parties have the same powers. This form of government was developed by the United States Constitution and generally, describes […]

Create a completely peaceful world

To create a fully peaceful world, both Federalism and non-violent resistance are necessary. Federalism and non-violent resistance can cooperate well to completely eliminate war in the world. In this essay, I am arguing that neither federalism nor non-violent resistance can achieve a peaceful world independently. War comes from conflicts between communities or nations. We can […]

American Rangelands and Forests

Brief History of Rangeland or Forest: The San Bernardino Forest was home to Native Americans long before it was recorded in history. In the early 19th century the forest was settled by Mexicans and Europeans. In 1855 gold was discovered on this land which led to large amounts of mining, timber, and grazing. These actions […]

Separatism or Federalism: A Sovereign Empowerment

Over the years, multi-disciplinary studies have been conducted to examine the phenomenal transition of governments and the rise of political powers. The deepening examination on the phenomenon of separatism, secession, autonomy, federalism are implied by political historians as brought about by colonialism, in which the native people in a colony refuses the political system of […]

Federal Paper 10 and 51

The federalist papers written by James Madison, proposes logical suggestions for the creation of a government, that fits the need of the nation. Federalist paper 10 primarily concerns with the harmful effects of factions. (Madison James,”The federalist no. 10” . 1787, A21)A faction is a group with a distinct political interests. (Wilson, James Q. and […]

Federalists vs Antifederalists

The Federalists and Antifederalists fighting over the ratification of the Constitution brought great hardships for the newly emerging U. S. government and left behind two legacies that would cause conflict for years to come. Both of these groups came from very different social and economic backgrounds. The Federalists were advocates for the ratification of the […]


Federalism today has gathered worldwide support. Whereas before, federalism was treated with contempt with regard to the political structure of a nation. Such system enables a country to have the best of both worlds. The term federalism is derived from the Latin term foedus which means formal agreement or covenant. Thus, the United States being […]

Canadian Federalism

The 1867 Constitution Act that was initiated by the leaders who headed various Canadian provinces and the Maritime colonies and assented to by the British Parliament forms the backbone of the Canadian Constitution and Federalism. According to the Act, three British colonies – the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick agreed to come […]

Policy-making in the Federal System

The U.S. government’s expansive role in public policy is caught in a swirl of conflicting cross-currents. On the one hand, popular expectations about government’s responsibility to solve problems often exceed the capacity of state and local authorities to respond effectively. On the other hand, policies developed at the national level may not sufficiently reflect the […]

American Federalism

The type of Federalism of American saw various changes for the past 200 years. The Federal form of government of the United States has undergone changes and transformations since its inception following the country’s independence.

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