Beyond the Beltway Politics Essay

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Throughout the first part of the semester we have discussed a number of different topics which together are considered to be the essence behind Beyond the Beltway Politics. Perhaps the most important of all the topics which have discussed so far is the relationship between state and local governments. Unfortunately, many people often times overlook the importance of a sound relationship between state and local governments. Instead they focus their attention on the decisions that are made in within the confines of the Beltway which often times prove to be of minimal importance on a local level. In my opinion, I believe that the decisions that occur beyond the confines of the Beltway as well as the day to day relationship between state and …show more content…
Many political scholars believe that local governments should have their powers significantly limited by the state. However, there are those including myself who believe that local governments should be allowed to operate free from limitations on power from the state. For example, in his book The Government of American Cities Horace E. Deming mentions that “a local government, needs from the central government, the state, nothing but adequate power to exercise the functions of local government.” Perhaps the most effective way to distinguish between the positive and negative aspects of Dillon’s Rule and Home Rule is by providing a summary of the unique aspects of each. The first and probably most important part of Dillon’s Rule deals with the three powers that local governments possess. According to Dillon’s Rule a municipal corporation can exercise the following powers and no other: First, those granted in expressed words; second, those necessarily or fairly implied in, or incident to, the powers expressly granted; third, those essential to the declared objects and purposes of the corporation not simply convenient, but indispensable. In other words, in those states that are considered to be Dillon Rule states, the state essentially holds absolute power over local municipalities. If a state government finds that a local municipality has in any way violated the terms of Dillon’s Rule the state is always deemed

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