What are the advantages and disadvantages of having so many levels of subnational governments in the United States? Explain.

The advantages of having so many subnational governments in the United States is that different regions of the country with different needs have the autonomy and flexibility to respond to their own priorities. Subnational governments are also an important fallback when the national government does not fully act on an issue. The disadvantages include a lack of efficiency and lack of equity.

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One advantage of so many local and state (i.e., subnational) governments in the United States of America is often attached to freedom. When the Founding Fathers were thinking about how to organize the United States, they were worried about setting up a country that could slide into the type of tyranny and despotism that they associated with King George III and England.

The Founding Fathers did not want to supply one governing body with the absolute power to control all of the states. At the same time, they wanted the states to function with a degree of unity and coherence. While subnational governments can't do everything on their own (they can't declare war), they do possess the latitude to pass myriad laws and make their own choices when it comes to expenditures.

This freedom can also be interpreted as a disadvantage. The disparate state laws can create inequality and oppression that can then impact the overall country. Right now, Georgia is trying to pass legislation that restricts...

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