Robert: The Framers believed that a federal system
would be the best way to govern the US as a developing country, because of its ability to prevent tyranny through a strong system
of checks and balances.
Courtney: A federal system
is built through the distribution of powers
between both the national and state governments and the people.
Alex: Unitary government
is based on a strong central government
. The central government
distributes the power of state and local governments, and can take these powers
away at any time. Some examples
of a unitary government
are France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
The central government
has less power in a federal system
, while the state and local government
have more power when compared to a unitary system
. Decisions from the central government
can be approved at a greater speed in a unitary government
. In a federal government
, the amount of time needed to approve a decision is increased.
Tessa: The state and national governments of the United States each have their own individual powers
, but share some powers
. The state has the power to regulate trade within the state, establish public schools, create traffic and motor vehicle laws, and regulate marriage and divorce practices. The...
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