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Questions tagged [federalism]

The concept that government activity should be centralized or distributed to smaller forms of government.

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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 the increased localization of government control provide a solution to the stalemate caused by two party politics?

I was considering posting this in the Philosophy S.E., to ask if this was an example of The Middle Ground Fallacy, but then realized that my context is entirely political. Much of federal politics in ...
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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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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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Why would federal commandeering of state officials yield more federal programs?

Source: Richard A. Posner, How Judges Think (2008). p 332 Bottom:   Breyer is one of the nationalists, despite his acknowledgment that a nation as populous as the United States needs a federal ...
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How does federalism in the United States work? [duplicate]

How does federalism in the United States work? Why are there States within the country? What do they do?
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Does federalism lead to the separation of single states?

Federalism involves a great deal of power sharing, both at administrative and governmental levels. Federalism accepts the concept called 'right to self determination' to varying degrees, including '...
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What is the difference between federalism and intergovernmentalism in the context of the EU?

I get really confused about the difference, it has something to do with the division of sovereignty & power I think and I can't really find a clear answer on the internet.
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Is there a ranking of states based on how unitary/federalized they are?

As an example, the UK is formally considered a unitary state but in reality its subregions enjoy a lot of autonomy and are able to pass laws of their own. On the other hand Russia is formally a ...
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Has there been research regarding the costs of maintaining a federation as opposed to a unitary state?

As an example, the United States are currently controlled by a bicameral Federal government and 50 state legislatures of which 49 are bicameral. This means that essentially there are 51 slightly ...
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Are there any studies on the effect of political power centralization on sustainability?

I am trying to understand the relationship between governance and sustainability. So far I find that the management of common pool resources (CPRs) provides a prime example of research on this topic. ...
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Can states nullify the president's pardoning power by making federal offenses state offenses?

Can a state make federal offenses state offenses as well, so that even if the president pardons a criminal for a federal offense, they'll still be on the hook for the equivalent state offense? Edit: ...
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Could the US federal government place a bill that allows the states to piecewise override a federal bill

Is that within federal government's power?- House and Senate to basically we basically can't sort the mess left behind one bill so just let the State government put in legislation to fix it up. Could ...
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Would the Trump administration's 'step up' on federal marijuana laws really impact the states where it is legal for recreational use?

In an article by CNN it notes that the Trump administration will allow federal involvement where state laws conflict with federal ones regarding Marijuana. Would this really have an impact on the ...
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Can a US state put a sales tax on foreign made goods?

e.g. NAFTA is currently in place so there is no Federal tariff on many goods from Mexico. Can Texas put a state sales tax on the sale of goods manufactured in Mexico?
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Why does a federation need so many laws?

In a lecture given at the London School of Economics this month, Professor Markus K. Brunnermeier (Princeton University) said: Federal countries--like the United States, or like Switzerland, or ...
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Can you name some countries that had gone / is currently going through a change of form of government?

I'm currently researching about correlations of government types and its possible effects. As of late, I've just finished parsing some wiki pages and basically made tables of indicator rankings ...
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Can a country within a federated nation be admitted in the EU?

Right before the French Revolution, the western parts of the Austrian Empire and of the Kingdom of Prussia were part of the Holy Roman Empire, while their respective eastern parts (today Poland/...
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Is there an American counterpart of ”Euroscepticism”; in other words, is the states' rights movement associated with reduced chauvinism?

In Europe, people opposed to specific policies of the European Union, expansion of the European Union, or transfer of powers from member states to the European Union, are often described by the media ...
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Why didn't Liberal states all have state run health care?

For many years, there were attempts at making national health care coverage, which finally passed as the ACA. The ACA ("Obamacare") was controversial vis a vis constitutionality (it won by a five-...
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What type of organization is an American political party?

Legally, what is a political party in the US? I know they are not mentioned in the Constitution. They do not appear to be corporations or charities, or PACs, or any other type of formal organization ...
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Why should I care about federal vs state rights?

The premise behind most arguments about Obamacare, and other programs is that it's a "Federal" vs "State" rights issue. I come from a corporate business background, and it seems to me that if enough ...
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Can a monarchy become a US state?

I'm wondering if a monarchy could technically become a State in the US (without switching to republic, obviously), according to US constitution and to US laws. I.e., for the sake of the question, it ...
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How much is Russia actually a federation?

The official name of Russia is Federation of Russia. Federations are normally a bunch of semi-independant federated states that have their own local laws and tax-collecting habits, but that defer ...
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US Supremacy Clause: does it apply for administrative law?

According to Wikipedia, The Supremacy Clause is the provision in Article Six, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution that establishes the United States Constitution, federal statutes, and ...
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Is it possible for a federated state to be a member of two federations?

It's a well known fact territorial disputes are a constant source of instability and wars, especially if a territory contains both members of ethnicity X and Y. Would it be possible by having the ...
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Is there a correlation between decentralisation of government and size of public sector?

Can someone provide sources and research for this claim? Size of public sector would be measured by number of public workers per citizen or public expenditure per citizen. There would seem that in ...
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What is the furthest an amendment has gotten to 'fix' the elastic and commerce clauses?

There exists a strain of political thought in the United States roughly as follows: Most of the day to day government action (ie: not national defense) should be handled by state governments. ...
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Supreme Court cases that were harbingers of New Federalism

Between the mid-1930s and late 1980s/mid-1990s the Supreme Court didn't invalidate any acts by Congress during the era of New Deal Federalism, but under the Rehnquist Court a revival of Federalism ...
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Can anybody explain why the organization of a two-party system benefits from federalism?

I'm unsure whether, in the U.S., the organization of a two-party system benefits from federalism because the spheres of influence of local an national leaders can remain separate to avoid alienating ...
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Did 'State' mean the same thing as today's 'country' during the time of the foundation of the USA?

It has been said that during the 18th century, the term State meant what we now refer to as countries. In other words, modern developments notwithstanding, did each US State start out as countries, ...
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What level of autonomy do regions within the Russian Federation have?

So, in the United States, of course, there is the [10th Amendment] to the constitution, stating that powers not enumerated as adhering to the federal government are reserved either to the states or to ...
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How was the US able to create a Department of Education at the Federal level?

Looking through Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution (that part of the document that enumerates the powers of the Congress), there is nothing that talks about Congress' role in education. ...
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How is the European integration process similar to the creation of the United States?

What are the similarities and what are the major differences (economically, socially and culturally) between the current European integration process and the historical formation of the United States? ...
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(Why) does the US left promote federal powers over state powers?

This comment states that the modern left is often promoting federal powers over state powers. I assume that the comment relates to the United States. It surprises me, because in Europe, most left-...
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What are the conditions required for a territory to become part of United States?

This question is very related to Commonwealth United States Insular Areas, where I asked in detail about the Puerto Rico (and other areas) situation. Now I am interested to know which are the legal ...
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To what extent has the idea of “laboratories of democracy” worked in the US?

From how I understand it, the idea of "laboratories of democracy" in the US is that state and local governments can better experiment with policies than the entire country can. So we can see what ...
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What are the conditions and benefits of U.S. insular properties like Puerto Rico?

I always wanted to know which is the legal status of the associated states of United States like Puerto Rico. Who is the state head, of this kind of territory? Why can't they vote for the United ...