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Forms of government that mix a central government with regional governments.

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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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Can a unitary state exist within a federation? [closed]

Let's say tomorrow France (a unitary state) and Germany (a federal state) decide to merge. France becomes a state of the Franco-German Federation (Sorry France.) In this senario, could France mantain ...
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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 military.com (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 ...
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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". Lamenting the ...
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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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Have congressional Republicans taken a position on whether they will give "consent" to the United States Climate Alliance as an interstate compact?

The United States Climate Alliance is an effort by state governments to support the Paris Climate Accord and help reduce emissions in the United States. There is however a constitutional problem with ...
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In federal countries who owns offshore natural resources, the states or the federal government?

In countries like the US, Germany and Australia that have a federal system of government, is offshore natural resources such as Oil and Gas owned by the states or the federal government?
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Is much of what the US federal government does unconstitutional?

Heard the argument that since much of what the federal government does these days - Freddie Mac, Social Security, Medicare, you name it - is not within explicitly listed Enumerated Powers in the ...
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Is the US one of the most decentralized countries in the world? [duplicate]

After living abroad in a small, politically centralized country, I came back to the United States and suddenly realized how strange federalism feels to me. Individual states have so much political ...
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What is the importance and value of centralized government?

What can a centralized government do that an "uncentralized" government (like that of the United States under the Articles of Confederation) cannot do, concerning trade, taxes, defense, and the ...
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Entire court impeached

The West Virginia House Judiciary Committee has voted to impeach the entire West Virginia Supreme Court. This vote means that it will go to the WV house floor for impeachment consideration. Here's ...
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Does separation of church and state in the US apply in public schools?

This is specific to holidays that are celebrated by public schools where only one religion is represented, i.e. Easter, Christmas, etc. Are public schools supposed to be a neutral ground when it ...
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In the USA, who decides who can run for president, the states or the federal government?

From twitter BREAKING: Maryland is on the verge of passing a law requiring all Presidential candidates to release their past 5 years of tax returns in order to be placed on the election ballot. ...
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Are there economic benefits to federalism?

The Philippines may be implementing some form of federalism. Are there economic benefits to federalism? I ask because I observe that both Malaysia and the United States have some kind of federalism, ...
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Power structure of French vs. German federalism [closed]

While Germany is a federation of states, France has chosen to devolve some of the power to its regional governments. How has this affected the development of these countries? Has one system fared ...
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