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  • The complex relation ships between different levels of government, within the framework of political, fiscal, programmatic, and administrative processes. Intergovernmental relations are often simply referred to as federalism in action. A federal system of government shares power between the central government and regional governments (including states, provinces, cantons, and lands). Within its own area of jurisdiction, each government is legally supreme. In the United States, based on the Constitution, certain powers are reserved for the federal government, others are reserved for the states, and some power is shared. Inter governmental relations extend beyond national-state relations and encompass national-local, state-local, national-state-local, and interlocal relations.

    The U.S. Constitution, by defining federalism, sets forth features of intergovernmental relations through three constitutional provisions. The first is the creation of a ...

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