Federalism reflects the dynamic distribution of power between national and state governments.
Explain how societal needs affect the constitutional allocation of power between the national and state governments.
National and state governments remain supreme within their own spheres
National and state governments work together to complete projects
Refers to pattern of taxing, spending, and providing grants in the federal system
Specific, clearly defined purpose
States must comply with regulations
States have discretion
Rule telling states what they must do to comply with federal guidelines
May be funded, underfunded, or unfunded
Regardless, states must comply with mandates
Often viewed as an unfair, expensive imposition on state governments, even if they agree with the mandate