Chapter 25 Federalism in the United States: dualism with a splash of coercion
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This chapter offers comprehensive teaching resources for the study of American federalism. This case study, along with the chapters on Germany, India, Nigeria and Switzerland, provide a way for instructors to teach how the concepts found in the first twenty chapters of the book are operationalized in a specific country. It also shows the nuances of federalism, and how federal dynamics can lead to profound changes over the course of a nation's history. The chapter includes three teaching exercises designed to help students expand their breadth of understanding of historical events related to American federalism, understand that different issues result in different intergovernmental politics, place the American system within the context of comparative federalism, and understand the priorities of state and local governments when they lobby the federal government.

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