Identify and explain the different characteristics of ‘springboard’, ‘career’, and ‘dead-end’ legislatures.

Explain the difference between state-centered and nation-centered views of federalism.

Explain how Gibbons v. Ogden (1824) and the 16th Amendment served to increase the power and scope of the federal government.

  1. Explain the differences between dual and cooperative conceptions of federalism. Which of these conceptions appears to be more advantageous for states, and why?
  2. Under Article I of the Constitution, state governments have the power to set voter qualifications and regulate the time, place, and manner of elections. Identify and explain at least two examples of federal intervention to prevent such state powers being used to disenfranchise voters.
  3. Governors have little to no formal involvement in the legislative process. What kinds of techniques, strategies, and/or informal powers can governors use to influence the legislatures in their states?
  4. Explain the decentralized structure of the political party system in the United States. How does this decentralization affect the functioning and/or behavior of political parties?

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