12. State and Local Governments

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Subject:
Political Science
Provider:
Independence Hall Association
Provider Set:
American Government
Level:
Middle School, High School
Language:
English
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration, Reading
Media Format:
Graphics/Photos, Text/HTML
Abstract:
Beneath the layer of the national government lies a complex web of state and local officials and institutions. The nation's founders concern over tyranny transcended their separation of power among the three branches of government. Power is also divided by level, with each layer performing its designated responsibility. States and communities would even have the freedom to design their own institutions and create their own offices. This creates a multitude of "laboratories" where government leaders at any level could see which systems were successful and which were problematic.

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