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the United States of America and many other Federalist Nations, concurrent powers are held by both the states and the federal government and may be exercised simultaneously within the same territory and in relation to the same body of citizens. This is contrasted with delegated powers and reserved powers. Some of the concurrent powers enjoyed by both the federal and state governments are: the power to tax, make roads, protect the environment, create lower courts and borrow money. It is important to remember that where there is a discrepancy, commonwealth powers prevail. This was seen in the (Australian) Franklin Dam Case 1983.

A common misunderstanding is that concurrent powers are shared powers between the central and state government. Concurrent powers are rather a collection of powers that the states and federal government have in common, not shared. These concurrent powers were established to make sure that the federal government did not completely dictate over everything. These were also established because the federal government were to have enough power so that it would not fail, like under the Articles of Confederation.

Concurrent powers include, but are not limited to:

  • Borrowing money(not to be confused with coining money)
  • Establish and maintaining courts
  • Enforcing laws
  • Regulating trade
  • taxing

See also


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