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1 Federalism A system of government in which a written constitutions divides the power of government on a territorial basis between a central, or national, government and several regional governments, usually called states or provinces

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3 Expressed Powers Powers delegated to the National Government, also called “enumerated powers” Most Expressed Powers found: Article 1, Section 8 (27 powers to Congress)

4 Expressed Powers Power of Congress: To lay taxes Coin money Regulate foreign and interstate commerce Raise and maintain armed forces Declare war Fix standards of weights and measures Grant patents and copyrights Create post offices

5 Implied Powers Powers not expressly stated in the Constitution but are reasonably suggested (implied by the expressed powers) The constitutional basis for implied powers is found in one of the expressed powers: Article 1 Section 8

6 Implied Powers Article 1 Section 8 Congress has the power “to make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into the Execution the foregoing Powers and other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”

7 Inherent Powers …belong to the National Government because it is the national government of a sovereign state in a world community. Although the Constitution does not expressly provide for them, they are powers that, over time, all national governments have possessed. These powers are few in number.

8 Inherent Powers Power to regulate immigration To deport undocumented aliens Acquire territory Grant diplomatic recognition to other states Protect the nation against the rebellion or other attempts to overthrow the government by force or violence

9 Reserved Powers Those powers that the Constitution does not grant to the National Government, and does not, at the same time, deny to the States.

10 Reserved Powers Forbid persons under 18 to marry Conduct elections Forbid the sale of alcohol Ban the sale of pornography Outlaw prostitution Permit some forms of gambling, prohibit others Require professional licenses to work Can confiscate property used in connection with illegal activities Establish public schools Enact land use laws Regulate public utilities Establish local governments

11 Concurrent Powers Those powers that both the National Government and the States possess and exercise Power to levy and collect taxes Define criminals and set punishment Take private property for public use Borrow money Establish courts


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