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How come Republicans are more likely to support state-led solutions rather than national-led solutions?

The federal nature of the US political system can also explain, in part, why President Trump did not adopt strong mitigation measures. In a federal system, in the face of a complex policy problem with ...
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States' check on federal government's power? [closed]

Where in the U.S. Constitution are states given the right to "check" a tyrannical federal government?
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If the EU were viewed as a federation, would it appear more decentralized than the U.S.?

The U.S. may appear distinctive compared to many European nations in the extent to which state laws differ from state to state, as they are given more jurisdiction to govern themselves. For example, ...
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Could the US fed gov reduce a state's minimum wage?

I haven't seen any discussion on this and so I am not clear on whether it can only add restrictions on top of existing state laws instead of removing restrictions.
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Are there strictly political arguments why a racketeering case in a U.S. state court wouldn't move forward if the defendant became the U.S. President?

At 02:11 the August 15, 2023 video CNN's Haberman on the irony of Giuliani’s indictment for racketeering an exchange between CNN anchor Kaitlan Collins and White House correspondent for The New York ...
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What is the political stance of the Biden administration on the Right to Repair, and do its policies on it reflect that?

As an advocate for Right to Repair, I have been closely following the Right to Repair movement in the US. It seems to have reached a tipping point in America too, and more than 25 US states are ...
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When can the federal government pass laws repealing, rather than adding restrictions on top of, state law?

Is it possible for the federal government to effectively repeal practically any state law? If it were to try to do so what obstacles might it encounter? For example, it can overturn state abortion ...
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Are there any proposals from the Turkic countries in Central Asia for becoming a federation?

There is an association of Turkic countries called Turkic Council. Apart from that, are there any proposals from the Turkic countries in Central Asia for becoming a federation? Related The Turkic ...
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What kind of federation was postulated by the six point movement?

Six point movement If Federal government is only responsible for defence and foreign affairs federating members keep different currencies federating members keep different accounts for export income ...
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How do more polarized states affect politics on the federal level?

Control of legislative chambers is split between parties now in two states — Minnesota and Virginia — compared with 15 states 30 years ago. Quoted from first NY Times article below From this NY Times ...
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What would happen if an American state didn’t follow a ruling by the Supreme Court?

If the Supreme Court decided that same-sex marriage was a right on the federal level, what would happen if a specific state decided not to follow their ruling? What power does the federal government ...
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Has anyone published a plan for how to modernize the American voting system? [closed]

It’s been said that the American voting system is a relic of the past, with idiosyncratic features due to political negotiations and compromises at the time it was formed. Let’s say in a modern ...
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Why does the Govt. of Maharashtra not use Moḍi as the official script of the Maraṭhi Language?

The Moḍi script was extensively used to write Maraṭhi during the rule of the Maraṭha confederacy. But during the British rule, Balbodh (बाळबोध) replaced Moḍi(𑘦𑘻𑘚𑘲) for Maraṭhi documentation in the ...
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Why did some places with a large population become states within a country when other places with smaller populations became countries of their own?

With a population of over 200 million, the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has a much larger population than most EU countries(eg: Switzerland has approx 9 mil population). Why is it that small places ...
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What would be the political effects of the implementation of a Bhutan-like electoral system on a federal state? [closed]

Bhutan has a unique political system, in which elections to the National Assembly ( the lower house of the bicameral Bhutanese parliament ) happen in two rounds. In the first round, a nationwide vote ...
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Why are German local authorities taxing DoD employees, despite the protests of the US and of the German federal government?

There's a pretty long Stars and Stripes article on the matter of taxes on some DoD employees in Germany: The U.S. contends the situation amounts to a treaty violation, but so far American officials ...
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What are the advantages of a nation allowing one of its states to default on its debt?

Some Federations like the U.S.A. do not permit one of their states to file for bankruptcy. My question is why do some countries allow for one of their states to default on its debt, and what might be ...
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Why are national guards in states nowhere near the US Mexico border getting involved in border security with Mexico?

I have seen an article saying that the state national guard of North Dakota is preparing to send troops to the US Mexico border. Other states have done this too, I just pick North Dakota because it is ...
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Are there federal systems where federal laws do not have primacy?

The powers are distributed in a federal system. But often, the jurisdiction of the federal government and that of the state/province/etc. can intersect for a particular subject matter (e.g. federal ...
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Why is Pondicherry divided into so many names and exists in so many states?

In Tamil Nadu it is called Punducheery. Yanam is in Andhra Pradesh and again I guess there is another territory where it exists. A slightly detailed insight into this will be most welcome.
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What are the differences between autonomous administrative divisions and confederated states in Myanmar?

I learned that Wa State is currently an autonomous administrative division of Myanmar but in current government reform, Rakhine State wants to be a confederated state and other remaining states ...
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What are some potential dangers of decentralization in fragile societies?

I'm working on a paper where I consider a decentralized*/federalized* political system in Afghanistan. While there are many journal articles (a quick google search would show this) arguing in favor of ...
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How does a federal state differ from an anarchist "federation"?

Anarchists such as Proudhon, Bakunin, and Kropotkin advocate federalism. As far as I understood from their works, this entails an organizational structure in which power flows "upwards" and ...
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Which generating units did the DOE authorize to operate at maximum capacity in Texas?

Although Texas' ERCOT is not subject to FERC regulations, there are apparently emergency DOE orders that apply to some Texas generating facilities nonetheless: Under FPA section 202(c) during the ...
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Can states buy vaccines directly from the manufacturers?

New York and Michigan have been requesting to purchase vaccines directly from the manufacturers. From NBC News' reporting: No can do, Pfizer replied. While the company is ready to collaborate with ...
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Why do non-federations need bicameral parliaments?

Federations often have a bicameral parliament: one house speaks for the nation itself, whereas the other one speaks for the subjects within the federation (it could be summoned by the means of the ...
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Can the federal government of the United States influence when ballot totals are announced?

Would it be legal for the federal government of the United States to introduce a law, with words to the effect of: "No results of any congressional, senatorial, or presidential election may be ...
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What additional measures, within presidential authority, do people say the president should take against Covid-19?

It seems Donald Trump is under heavy scrutiny from a lot of the media and his political opponents for failing to appropriately respond to Covid-19. My question is: what more could he have done that ...
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Do the Canadian Senate's regions support each other in voting as the Constitution expects them to?

I was reading the Wikipedia article on the Senate of Canada. Based on that, Canada is divided into four principal regions that all have 24 senators; in addition is Newfoundland & Labrador and the ...
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How can the federal government "own" states? [closed]

Nevada's borders look like this: However, most of this "state" map is actually property belonging to the federal government. How does this ownership work? Namely: Does the federal ...
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What does the Tenth Amendment actually do?

The Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution says: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to ...
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Can individual US states exchange territory without the approval of the US Congress? [duplicate]

The Admission Clause of the US Constitution reads as follows: New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of ...
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Why isn't Malawi part of the East African Federation?

The East African Federation is a proposed political/economic union of Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Sudan. These countries form a physically contiguous block, speak similar/...
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Why is the Federal Government competing for medical supplies with the US States hit hardest by the COVID-19 Pandemic?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and first responders have struggled with a lack of PPE, ventilators, and other essential medical supplies. The Federal Government has urged individual states to ...
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Do voters get to elect their governors and mayors in unitary states?

I've read the introduction to the Wiki page, but I still don't get it: is there such a thing as regional elections in unitary states, for example Ukraine? President Zelensky appointed one governor, ...
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Are federal laws "optional" as a practical matter?

Does the precedent established by sanctuary cities and sanctuary states (and other precedents like legalized medicinal cannabis and gaming make all federal law and state law functionally "optional" as ...
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Can a U.S. county secede from a U.S. state? [duplicate]

Assume a county in State A wanted to join State B. Would that be possible? If so, what would be the procedure? If not, why not?
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A new proposal suggests subdividing Washington D.C. into 127 new states so that they can change the Constitution at will. Is this possible?

There is a new proposal in the Harvard Law Review titled: "Pack the Union: A Proposal to Admit New States for the Purpose of Amending the Constitution to Ensure Equal Representation". ...
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What is the difference between 'suzerainty' and 'federalism'?

What is the difference between 'suzerainty' and 'federalism’? I’ve found the following definitions, but they sound similar in many ways. What is the main difference between these 2 forms of government?...
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Can a state judge throw the U.S. President in jail for contempt of court?

In USA there is this concept or "rule of law" that includes the principle that no one is above the law. About this the book "A Companion to the US Constitution and Its Amendments" (by John R. Vile) ...
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Trump is revoking California's Clean Air Act exemption. Does this automatically affect the 13 other states that use California's standards?

President Trump is reported to be revoking California's Clean Air Act exemption. Trump tweeted on September 18, 2019 that he was doing so. Since 1970, California has restricted automobile emissions ...
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Is is possible to make a federal state with only one federated state to resolve cohabitation inherent to semi-presidential systems?

Is there a way to mitigate cohabitation that is inherent to semi-presidential system by making the unitary state look like a federal one that have only one federated state! I mean is it possible to ...
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What federal systems feature a legislative chamber for regional governments, Germany aside?

As the book instantiates Germany (cf green line beneath), I seek other federalist nation-states as examples. European Union Governance and Policy Making: A Canadian Perspective (2018). p 61. EU: The ...
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Why isn't Somalia a part of the East African Federation?

The East African Federation is a proposed nation state that's made up of 6 unified east African states: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. This doesn't include Somalia, a ...
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Is the President of the United States bound by state laws?

The state of New York is currently in the process of passing a law allowing Congress to access the state tax returns of elected officials and top appointed officials. This is seen as a potential "end-...
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Roughly how many US state judges have been charged with obstructing federal justice?

The media reported that a Massachusetts judge was charged with obstructing federal ICE agents after she allegedly let an (illegal) immigrant escape literally through the back door of her court. This ...
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Is the there a term for state (or local) officers not caring about enforcing federal law?

I think it's generally accepted that in the US: state officers cannot be compelled to enforce federal law. For more details as to why that is accepted: In Printz v. United States, 521 U.S. 898, ...
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What are the disadvantages for federalizing the European Union? [closed]

The European Union is already integrated in many ways. There is a democratic chosen parliament. There is free traffic of people and goods. But there's no central army; there's no EU embassies around ...
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Why does there not seem to be more support for state-specific border walls in the US?

While there seems to be a good amount of discussion about the border wall desired by President Trump, I have not seen much in the way of discussion regarding state-based approaches; that is, given the ...
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Can state governments be overthrown without national government involvement?

It is my understanding that the state and national government of the United States are separate entities (that's what federalism is, combining smaller states into a larger one). Could unhappy ...
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