Multiple Governments and Intergovernmental Relationships

1454 Words Jan 11th, 2015 6 Pages
Multiple Governments and Intergovernmental Relationships
LaShon Thomas
POL 215
September 18, 2014
Dr. David Waldman

Multiple Governments and Intergovernmental Relationships
The founding fathers created the constitution, outlaying the branches of government and clarifying their roles and responsibilities, providing a checks and balances system. It is comprised of three branches, the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, and the Judicial Branch. Each state, city and county has its own constitution that outlines the levels of local government. In the beginning, the idea was to create a government that could efficiently establish laws and enforce them, but also ensure that no one person or one group of people could not possess
…show more content…
Disadvantages of intergovernmental Relationships Conversely, there are disadvantages to multiple government relationships. This relationship can sometimes bring about conflict of authority and confusion regarding which regulations to follow. For example, the move toward legalizing marijuana, while marijuana is illegal to the federal government, each state can vote and implement its own policy regarding legalizing it from the local level. This creates a gray area due to the fact that people living in these states can be prosecuted federally for the distribution and use of marijuana despite the fact that it is legal in their state. Secondly, the interdependent boundaries and relationships between federal and state governments, can lead to passing the buck or lack of accountability in regard to handling the country’s affairs. Hurricane Katrina was a prime example of how this relationship can be a failure to the people. During this trying time, the citizens of New Orleans were made to suffer behind the bickering of the federal and local agencies playing the blame game, while failing to come up with a solution to the problems and admitting that there was a failure in policy to handle such devastation. Lastly, federalism may encourage regionalism, creating an uneven spread