POLS 2300 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Co-Determination, Unitary State, Public Finance

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Political organization in which the activities of government are divided between regional governments and a central government in such a way that each kind of government has some kind of activities on which it makes the final decision . Powers aren"t equal but the governments are. Unitary: form of government in which the power and authority to govern is centralized in one government, one sovereignty (in a federal government you have two or more), examples: france, uk. Confederation: where the regional or sub-national governments are supreme and the national authority is entirely their creation and servant. Differences: delegation (refers to authority being transferred from one body to another body, power that the provinces have come solely from the constitution not the federal government) and centralization. Continuum of the degree of centralization of authority. Unitary government 1 level of authority. Centralized federalism 2 levels of authority, central government dominates. Decentralized federalism 2 levels of authority, regional government dominated.

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