Federalism is a way of organizing a nation so that two or more levels of government have formal authority over the same area and people. The government of US is a federal government and it consist of three distinct branches namely legislative, Judicial and executive. The powers are vested on the US constitution which is headed by the president. The US government is based on the principle of federalism in which power is shared between the state governments and the federal government.  According to the Governance and Life Journal Report (2008), the legislative has the power to create laws while the president is the head of the state and he is above the law. These laws can be broken by the president, an act which in turn can be overridden by the legislative. The president nominates judges to the nation highest Judiciary authority but those nominees must be approved by the legislators. The judiciary in its turn has the power to validate as unconstitutional any law passed by the legislative (Shuler and Dugan, 2007).

The project called education for federalism was developed by U.S team to address the need of  the youth. This project was developed to address the issues surrounding the concept of federalism and establish clarity by teaching civic education in a way that would be effective and efficient in engaging U.S citizens. He saw an outreach project as an opportunity to not only teach U.S youth about their governance process but also as an opportunity for organizational capacity building within his division. Such excellent and informative workshop should continue  because it enables youths to learn and express their views about the government structures and activities.

The Federalism unit class was well equipped with the necessary five lessons organized around the questions to teach civic education among U.S youth about the  concept of federalism and general life of every individual from the government. Therefore, the goal of the institution has to be clearly defined as a matter of priority by using the library and questions. Steering towards that goal requires defining decision rights and processes, as well as establish a feedback loop to verify and control performances (McCartney & Michael,1995).

Throughout this assessment unit the student will be able to assess their performances of the civic dispositions target in each lesson.  This exercise will enable them to explore how federalism in US  have governed them. The project will reflect the purposes and principles of America representative democracy and how powers are distributed and shared between the national government (Pfiffner, 1995). The project can highlight conflicts and compromises that can arise between the local, state and federal governments in order to meet the needs of citizens and protect the common good. This federal government differs from that of dual federalism in that the national government  only has powers specifically assigned by the constitution.

In conclusion, federal governance signifies a transformation from a type of relationship where a limited group of people has the ultimate authority to rule others to a set of relationships where mutual interaction takes place in order to make desirable choices for all stakeholders. It involves the mechanisms, processes, and institutions that individuals, corporations, groups and societies utilized in joint decisions making and implementation in expressing their interest and in fulfilling their obligations as well as solving their conflicts.




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Pfiffner, J. P. (1995). Governance and American Politics: Classic and current perspectives. Harcourt College Pub.

Shuler, J. A., & Dugan, R. E. (2007). US Government on the Web: Getting the Information You Need. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

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