POLS 110


Please answer the following questions on Federalism: State and Community Elites utilizing what you have read from your textbook, my notes, the Crash Course Government and Politics video, the Khan Academy videos as well as the mini-lecture on the Initiative, Referendum, and Recall (Direct Democracy). Please type out the question and answer, please utilize complete sentences and proper grammar, thank you!

  1. Please explain the concept of sub elites.
  2. Please define and explain Federalism.
  3. In what terms did the U.S. Constitution originally define federalism? Please explain.
  4. Please explain the difference between Enumerated/Delegated Powers, Implied Powers, and Reserved Powers. Please provide an example of each power.
  5. Please explain the “Necessary and Proper Clause” as well as the Supremacy Clause. What purpose do they serve?
  6. Please explain the difference and the importance of the Tenth and Fourteenth Amendments.
  7. Please explain the Commerce Clause and why it gives the National Government so much power.
  8. Please explain the Evolution of U.S. Federalism- dual federalism vs. cooperative federalism, new federalism, representational federalism, and coercive federalism.
  9. Fiscal (taxation revenues and expenditures) Federalism is the cornerstone of the relationship between the national government and the states. Please explain how the national government utilizes their “power of the purse” to “influence” the states. Please explain the difference between categorical and broad grants as well as funded and unfunded mandates. Please provide an example of an unfunded mandate.
  10. Please provide and explain an example of the Supreme Court’s Reassertion of Federalism.
  11. Please explain the difference between the initiative, referendum, and recall. Please provide examples of a California initiative, a California referendum, and a California recall election. *Hint- take a look back at the brief videos’ page
  12. Please explain the difference between Old-Community Economic Elites and New-Community Political Elites as well as what is meant by the “Shift in Community Power”.


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