Federalism Is Defined As A System Of Government

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Federalism is defined as a system of government in which a single area, whether it be an entire country or a province within its borders, is controlled by two levels of government, each with their own respective strengths and weaknesses. In the United States, a form of Federalism is practiced in which each of the fifty states are controlled by their own state government, and all fifty of the states collectively are controlled by the National, or Federal, Government. Both levels of our government have the power to create laws under our federalist system. The State Governments’ have the power to create laws that affect their respective state, whereas The Federal Government has the power to make laws that apply to the entire nation, but are limited by their enumerated powers in the constitution and bill of rights. For example, in the Commerce Clause, the national government is given the power to regulate interstate commerce, but cannot regulate the commerce of one particular state. The State Governments were granted all of the powers not specifically given to the Federal Government in the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Although the American system of government usually works rather smoothly between the State and Federal levels of government, several times in American history the states have disagreed with what the Federal government has said and/or done, and chosen to disregard, or nullify, the act. This is called nullification, and is defined as “the
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