- advocacy of the federal system of government.
- (initial capital letter) the principles of the Federalist party.
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Les Gelb calls the proposal “federalism,” with three strong local governments within a single nation.
But the resolution demanded official status for the Russian language and a referendum on federalism.Ukrainian Troops Surrender to Unarmed Pro-Russian Protesters|Anna Nemtsova|April 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Federalism will appeal primarily to an idea detached from reality.
This is your typical case of adultery, federalism, and chemical weapons.SCOTUS-Palooza: Preview of the Big Cases in the New Term|Ilya Shapiro|October 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And cramming this law down the throats of states that prefer less expansive gun laws is a serious blow to advocates of federalism.
American experience hardly justifies the notion that Federalism is an economical form of Government.England's Case Against Home Rule|Albert Venn Dicey
The liberals hoisted the banner of federalism and several provinces rose in revolt.The South American Republics, Part II (of 2)|Thomas C. Dawson
Then the tide turned and from 1837 to the Paraguayan war the central government grew stronger and federalism weaker.The South American Republics Part I of II|Thomas C. Dawson
On the contrary, he felt certain that Washington did not harbor one principle of Federalism.
State after state revolted from the ranks of federalism, and enrolled itself on the side of democracy.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)|John Greenleaf Whittier
British Dictionary definitions for federalism (1 of 2)
Derived forms of federalismfederalist, noun, adjectivefederalistic, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for federalism (2 of 2)
Cultural definitions for federalism
A system of government in which power is divided between a national (federal) government and various regional governments. As defined by the United States Constitution, federalism is a fundamental aspect of American government, whereby the states are not merely regional representatives of the federal government, but are granted independent powers and responsibilities. With their own legislative branch, executive branch, and judicial branch, states are empowered to pass, enforce, and interpret laws, provided they do not violate the Constitution. This arrangement not only allows state governments to respond directly to the interests of their local populations, but also serves to check the power of the federal government. Whereas the federal government determines foreign policy, with exclusive power to make treaties, declare war, and control imports and exports, the states have exclusive power to ratify the Constitution. Most governmental responsibilities, however, are shared by state and federal governments: both levels are involved in such public policy issues as taxation, business regulation, environmental protection, and civil rights.