Student Post: Unitary vs. Federal

There are two main ways power is shared between the citizens of a country and their government. These relationships are Unitary and Federal. There are pros and cons of both systems. The federal system is what we are used to here in the United States. This system is comprised of not just a federal and local level of government, but also a state/province level of government that has a decent amount of say in what goes on in their area of the country. For example, you’re a resident of Plymouth, New Hampshire. Under the federal system you are first under the jurisdiction of the United States, then New Hampshire, and lastly Plymouth. The unitary system is most like the United Kingdom. Over there, they have the federal government looking over local governments. There are no state or province governments in a unitary system. Unlike, the state/province governments in a federal system, local governments in the unitary system are not given much power at all. I personally love the way the federal system works. It allows the people in each part of the country to have much more say in what their government does. If New Hampshire wants to be a constitutional carry state, they can be. Something like this would not be possible in a unitary system where the local government has almost no say.

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