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The constitution and federalism
· Nature and significance Overview of the US government
· Separation of powers
· Checks and balances
· Bill of rights
· Amendments
· Federalism
· Constitutional change

A constitution is a body of rules that defines the manner in which a state or society is…

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IV Federal, state and interstate relationship
V Amendment process

1791 ­ Bill of Rights: first ten amendments known as the bill of rights, proposed by congress
in September 1789 ratified by states in December 1791, designed to protect against an all
powerful federal government, 17 further amendments have been passed…

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Each branch exercises power and control over the others, it supports the idea of limited
government. Executive Judiciary Legislature
Checks on legislature: recommend legislation for passage, veto (pocket and official) , judicial
Checks on judiciary: appointment of judges, pardons , impeachments trials and removal from
office, preposition of constitutional…

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New Federalism 19702000 Nixon, Ford, Bush, Clinton the majority of presidents were
republican, shift back to state power as the federal government did not create the states the
states created the federal government, large increase in block grants allocated to stated by
federal government for non specific purposes or general…


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