PSC 2302 Lecture Notes - Enumerated Powers, Supremacy Clause, U.S. Bancorp

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The constitutional division of powers between two different levels of government: national, sub-national (states, provinces, cantons, etc. ) Structurally, federalism is a compromise between: unitary system, confederation. What do these countries have in common: usa, switzerland, brazil, india, canada. Some sat that federalism is a good system for dealing with diversity within a population (india has hundreds of different languages: switzerland is home to at least three major languages, canada attempts to be bilingual. As examples such as nigeria and the ussr show, federalism cannot. American federalism represented a compromise between those who wanted power in a strong national government and others who wanted power in the states. At the constitutional convention, delegates began to be identified by their support for a new constitution, and a new national government. Those in favor were called federalists and those opposed were called anti-federalists. Broad construction of the: constitution, implied powers, necessary & proper clause. Strict construction of the: constitution, reserved powers, 10th amendment.

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