unitary government vs. Federal?

I am suppose to right an essay of the unitary goverment like france and compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses to a federal government. such as ours. Any ideas? im not asking for the answer, just ideas i can go into depth in, ON MY OWN. Thanks:)

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    In a unitary government the power is held by one central authority but in a federal government, the power is divided between national (federal) government and local (state) governments.

    Federal government

    v has multiple hierarchy levels, with both the central authority and the states (or provinces) both being sovereign.

    v the central (national) rules override the state rules

    v has a balance between them. IE the US

    v shared between national and local levels. In a federal form of government, the term "federal" is also used to refer to the national level of government.

    Unitary government

    v there is no hierarchy of sovereign powers.

    v states have no authority to pass their own laws, and the central (national) govt can order the states to do anything -- just like a state can order a town to do anything, because the town is not sovereign.

    v is the federal government has a huge percentage of the power. IE Japan

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