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What powers do the states have under federalism?

Last Updated: 13th March, 2020

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Many powers belonging to the federal government are shared by state governments. Such powers are called concurrent powers. These include the power to tax, spend, and borrow money. State governments operate their own judicial systems, charter corporations, provide public education, and regulate property rights.

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In this way, how does federalism limit the powers of both the national government and the states?

Federalism limits government by creating two sovereign powers—the national government and state governments—thereby restraining the influence of both. Separation of powers imposes internal limits by dividing government against itself, giving different branches separate functions and forcing them to share power.

Furthermore, what powers did the states have under the Articles of Confederation? Each state held "its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled." The Congress, the primary organ of the new national government, only had the power to declare war, appoint military

Hereof, why do we give power to the states at all?

State Powers. In the Tenth Amendment, the Constitution also recognizes the powers of the state governments. The new Tenth Amendment stated: “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 the people.”

What powers are set aside for the states or for the people?

Civics Chapter 3 Vocabulary

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A power set aside by the Constitution for the states or the people. reserved power
A system in which the decision of more than half the people is accepted by all. majority rule
The three-way division of power among the branches of the federal government. separation of power

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