Ironically, despite Federalism being so extremely important to the U.S.A, in terms of its effect on politics, society, the economy and even the law there, it never actually appears in the U.S. Constitution! Nevertheless, you cannot really effectively comprehend how politics in the U.S works without having even an inkling of Federalism, because of how vital it is to the workings of the system.
Today we’ll look at the Consequences of Federalism, something that perhaps looks complicated until you summarise it on a grid, and see that it’s not too hard after all. During my A-Levels, I became obsessed with ‘grid-ding’ everything. Somehow, when I drew lines to seperate my work, it looked smaller and easier to digest. Even if you don’t know much about federalism, though, hopefully this little guide will give you that ‘inkling’ you need to get a grasp about it. Although I lived in Texas once, I never actually realised that some of the ‘facts of life’ that I assumed existed everywhere (like the age you can legally start driving) were not the same across every state in the U.S.A- that’s Federalism for you 🙂
Brian Wasko (http://blog.writeathome.com/index.php/2013/06/soda-pop-or-coke-who-says-what-in-america/) gives us quite a funny example of the cultural differences that exist in the U.S, writing about how “Living on the East Coast, I have always referred to soft drinks as soda. My friends from the Midwest, however, call it pop. Parts of the deep south refer to all soft drinks as coke. Apparently no one really calls them soft drinks”
Does Federalism affect you? I’d love to hear what you think, comment below!
Some websites you might find helpful:
http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/internet-voting.aspx For information on the differences in how the various States require citizens to submit their ballot papers for elections.
http://statelaws.findlaw.com For information on State Laws.
http://taxfoundation.org/article/sales-tax-rates-major-us-cities For information on Sales Tax Rates in some of the U.S’s big cities.