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  • Delegations of power from the national to the state level. Grants of power are conveyed through constitutions, statutes, and charters. Under a federation, such as the United States, certain powers are reserved for constituent states that have some level of sovereignty. Federations consist of a union comprising partially self-governing states united by a central government.

    One idea of federalism, expressed through the Tenth Amendment of the Bill of Rights, reserves to the states those powers not granted to the federal government. According to the Tenth Amendment, which was ratified in 1791, “The Powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively or to the People.”

    States may further grant powers to local or ...

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