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Why are the states sometimes called the "laboratories of democracy"?

  • Question 3a of 10 - state policymaking

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  • Question: Why are the states sometimes called the "laboratories of democracy"?
  • Answers:
  1. Most policy experiments take place on the state level first.
  2. States always wear their lab goggles and protective gear.
  3. The federal government experiments with policies by making individual states try things out.
  4. The term comes from the 19th century. State politics were more scientific than the machine politics of cities, so states were called "laboratories" to show the contrast.

The correct answer is: Most policy experiments take place on the state level first.

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