bpa211 | undergraduate
Foundations Of Federal, State, And Local Government
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The Challenge of Federal, State and Local Governments working Together
- Describe the main protections of the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights and how these affect a democratic society.
- Explain how federal, state and local governments are all separate and distinct work together for the common good.
- Identify projects designed for the common good that need all levels of government working in conjunction with each other.
The Politics of Government
- Explain the relationship between politics, special interests, the citizens and governmental leaders and how their interaction creates policy formulation.
- Describe the recent trends in federal and state governmental openness and transparency and the role of the press and media in this movement.
- Explain the importance of public opinion polls, religious beliefs, societal norms and ethical standards to prioritize the services provided by governments.
The Overlap Paradox: Multi Jurisdictions Governments Working Towards Similar Goals
- Examine the inner workings of multi-jurisdictional governmental agencies and the challenges of not duplicating citizen services.
- Describe the recent trend in the concept of shared services and the pros and cons of these programs.
- Identify ways to improve communication and cooperation between various governmental agencies.
Local Government: The Grass Roots America
- Describe the services provided by local governments and identify those services that are most important to everyday living.
- Identify the specialized components of local government.
- Explain the functions of the key members of municipal government including the mayor, the council, the municipal clerk, the engineer and public safety officials.
A New US Government
- Explain the Relationship between various State governments and the Federal government.
- Explain if the theories of the founding fathers behind the Constitution were to promote or protect states’ rights.
- Identify the three levels of State and the Federal government and explain the primary purposes of each.
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