POLS 1101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Supremacy Clause, Tenth Amendment To The United States Constitution, Enumerated Powers

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Primary goal of constitution: limiting government"s power: separation of powers, federalism, divided constituencies, bill of rights. Constitution established procedures for its own revision in article v . Approval through vote in congress and adoption by of states. As of december 2014, more than 11,600 proposals to amend the const. had been introduced in congress since 1789. 33 cons. amendments have been approved by congress and sent to the states for ratification; 6 of these amendments failed. Despite constitution being short and vague, not many amendments, bc/ it was a living and breathing document; framers expected future americans to sit down and interpret the. A system of government in which power is divided between a central government and regional governments. Us constitution divides power between the federal government and state governments. Lower levels of gov implement decisions made by central government. Us & mexico = federal, uk & france = unitary.

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