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27 Cards in this Set

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a system of government in which power is divided, by a constitution, between a central government and regional governments
unitary system
a centralized government system in which lower levels of government have little power independent of the national government
federal system
a system of government in which the national government shares power with lower levels of government, such as states
expressed powers
specific powers granted to Congress under Article I, Section 8. of the Constitution. Implied powers- Powers derived from the "necessary and proper" clause of Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution. Such powers are not specifically expressed, but are implied through the expansive interpretation of delegated powers
necessary and proper clause
from Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution, it provides Congress with the authority to make all laws "necessary and proper" to carry out its expressed powers
reserved powers
powers, derived from the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, that are not specifically delegated to the national government or denied to the states
police power
power reserved to the government to regulate the health, safety, and morals of its citizens
concurrent powers
authority possessed by both state and national governments, such as the power to levy taxes
full faith and credit clause
provision from Article IV, Section 1, of the Constitution, requiring that the state normally honor the public acts and judicial decisions that take place in another state
privileges and immunities clause
provision from Article IV, Section 2, of the Constitution, that a state cannot discriminate against someone from another state or give its own residents special privileges
home rule
power delegated by the state to a local unit of government to manage its own affairs
dual federalism
the system of government that prevailed in the United States from 1789 to 1937, in which most fundamental governmental powers were shared between the federal and state governments
commerce clause
Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution, which delegates to Congress the power "to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several States and with the Indian tribes." This clause was interpreted by the Supreme Court in favor of national power over the economy
states' rights
the principle that the states should oppose the increasing authority of the national government. This principle was most popular in the period before the Civil War
a policy to remove a program from one level of government by delegating it or passing it down to a lower level of government, such as from he national government to the state and local governments
programs through which Congress provides money to state and local governments on the condition that the funds be employed for purposes defined by the federal government
categorical grants
Congressional grants given to states and localities on the condition that expenditures be limited to a problem or group specified by law
project grants
grant programs in which state and local governments submit proposals to federal agencies and for which funding is provided on a competitive basis
formula grants
grants-in-aid in which a formula is used to determine the amount of federal funds a state or local government will receive
cooperative federalism
a type of federalism existing since the New Deal era in which grants-in-aid have been used strategically to encourage states and localities (without commanding them) to pursue nationally defined goals. Also known as "intergovernmental cooperation"
regulated federalism
a form of federalism in which Congress imposes legislation on states and localities, requiring them to meet national standards
the principle that allows the national government to override state and local actions in certain policy areas
unfunded mandates
regulations or conditions for receiving grants that impose costs on state and local governments for which they are not reimbursed by the federal government
block grants
federal grants-in-aid that allow states considerable discretion in how the funds are spent
New Federalism
attempts by President Nixon and Reagan to return power to the states through block grants
revenue sharing
the process by which one unit of government yields a portion of its tax income to another unit of government, according to an established formula. Revenue sharing typically involves the national government providing money to state governments
redistributive programs
economic policies designed to control the economy through taxing and spending, with the goal of benefiting the poor