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  • When a local or regional form of government is statutorily granted independent powers from a central government. In the United States, only state and federal powers are granted under the Constituition. Local governments need to be devolved from state authorities as stated in Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution: “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.” The U.S. territories (American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Midway Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands) and Native American govern ments are also devolved from federal authorities. England has devolved some forms of government powers in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The word devolution is derived from ...

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