On this PSCI100 Federalism Research Paper, do you believe in a strong national government, as James Madison argued in the Federalist Papers, or do you believe in stronger states’ rights, such as Thomas Jefferson supported? At the heart of the constitutional debate was the issue of federal government vs. state government. You will argue your opinion of these questions by completing the following:


1- Choose one of the following topics:

  • Same-sex marriage
  • Abortion
  • Gun control
  • Education
  • Health care
  • Immigration
  • Marijuana

2- Research the following arguments:

WHY should this be a federal (national) issue?

WHY should this be a state issue?

Present both sides in your paper. Be sure to use the Constitution as your basis for each side: WHY, according to the Constitution, should this issue be federal or state?

3- Choose the side you agree with and explain why you think that issue is best under national or state authority.


  • 4+ pages typed, double-spaced
  • 12 pt font, Courier New font
  • 1” margins
  • Cover sheet (APA format) **You do NOT need an Abstract
  • 3-4 academic sources, APA citation format

With your PSCI100 Federalism Research Paper, be sure to review the textbook chapters on Federalism, Constitution, and others you feel relevant to your chosen topic. You may use the textbook as one of the sources to cite. Below are a few suggested websites to help you get started on researching an issue.







**Remember, this is not a pro/con paper about your topic. This is a paper demonstrating your understanding of FEDERALISM and the conflict between national and state governments. Therefore, you should stay focused on the constitutional arguments of who has the authority over these issues.


Same-sex marriage, also known as gay marriage, has been a bone of contention in many societies worldwide. It is the matrimony of two people of the similar sex or gender presided over through a civil or religious rite. The contention of this form of marriage is due to its perceived contravention of religious and cultural beliefs. In the United States. The national government was reluctant to legalize this form of marriage despite wide civil rights campaigns for the recognition of marriage without distinction that began in the 1970s. Ideally, there has not been a major constitutional attempt to ratify same-sex marriage in the United States, which has probably made proponents of gay marriage initiate court battles seeking clarification on the matter. Despite the federal government’s failure to enact laws that uphold gay marriage practice, different states had already espoused laws that legalized these unions. Same-sex marriage should be a state and national government issue due to many reasons.

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