The Federalism Of The National Government Essay

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Federalism, which has been shaped by separation of powers and a two party electoral system, allows American citizens living in different parts of the country to be treated differently, allowing more opportunities to exist for participation in decision-making. Most American citizens favor the separation of powers because it keeps the national government in check. However, there are many policies in place that conflict with national and state government powers. The Tenth Amendment provides that the powers not granted to the federal government are reserved to the states or the people; therefore, there should be more of an equal distribution of power. Since the founding of the constitution, which aimed to create a federal system of government, the balance of power has shifted over time. The national government is stronger than what the Framers may have envisioned it to be, due to federal aid in shaping policies at all levels of government, thus compromising the principles of Federalism. The ideologies of Federalism have changed from Dual to Cooperative Federalism. By definition, Dual Federalism is where “The national government is supreme in its sphere, the states are supreme in theirs, and the two spheres should be kept separate,” which is the ideal form of Federalism because it keeps the powers separate but equal (Wilson 3-1c). Overtime Federalism has changed from Dual to Cooperative because different policies have changed with different United States Presidents, for…

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