Legislation, Presidential & Congressional Politics/american democracy


I would like to know how federalism relates to national and states sovereignty?

Hi Tasha,

Federalism is the division of power between different levels of government.  In the US case, it refers to the division of governmental powers between the national government (also called the federal government) and the State governments.  Division of powers is defined in the US Constitution.  The federal government has superior power to overrule State authority in areas where the federal government has been assigned power.  But federal power is supposed to be limited to certain well defined areas (e.g. maintaining the military, immigration, coining money, etc.).  In areas where the federal government do not have authority, State retain their sovereign authority.  Over the years, however, federal courts have allowed federal authority to move into more and more areas under vaguely defined clauses, such as the commerce clause.  As a result, the federal government can operate as the sovereign power on just about any issue.

I hope this helps!
- Mike  

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I can answer just about any question about U.S. Political history, Constitutional law, the legislative process, elections, etc. I enjoy Presidential and Congressional historical trivia, but can answer more substantive questions too.


Former Staff member for a Congressman and Senator. I also worked on about 10 Congressional and Presidential campaigns (only one that won). For a short time, I worked in the legal department of the Federal Election Commission.    I have a B.A. in Political Science.

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J.D. University of Michigan
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