- advocacy of the federal system of government.
- (initial capital letter) the principles of the Federalist party.
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How to use federalism in a sentence
This means recovering the virtues of federalism, local self-rule and judicial restraint.The search for balance among four Americas|William Galston|June 11, 2021|Washington Post
America has an obsession with federalism and delegating power down to progressively smaller authorities.Why is it so hard to build government technology?|Cat Ferguson|March 17, 2021|MIT Technology Review
To some, this federalism itself defines the concept of America.Overlapping crises expose the erosion of our national unity|Philip Bump|February 18, 2021|Washington Post
He surely knows everything explained here about constitutional interpretation and federalism.Sen. Hawley has been condemned. His bad legal arguments should be stamped out, too.|Daniel Epps, Alan Trammell|January 20, 2021|Washington Post
They have taught about federalism and the separation of powers and the right to vote.After Capitol attack, social studies and civics teachers struggle with real-time history lessons|Joe Heim, Valerie Strauss|January 19, 2021|Washington Post
Les Gelb calls the proposal “federalism,” with three strong local governments within a single nation.The Crisis Leadership of No-Drama Obama|Jonathan Alter|June 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.Disunited and Without States|James Poulos|January 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.Where's the Federalism on Guns, GOP?|Justin Green|April 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
After stating what Simple Repeal and what Federalism respectively meant, he proceeded to contrast their value.The Felon's Track|Michael Doheny
Federalism and solidarity must take the place of tribal rivalry and national isolation.German Problems and Personalities|Charles Sarolea
Pickering's words sped over the country and became the political war cry of Federalism.The Life of John Marshall Volume 4 of 4|Albert J. Beveridge
The study of federalism, as a system of government, has in recent times become a favorite subject for constitutional writers.The Arena|Various
Many Frenchmen were convinced that Federalism would be the really liberal policy for them.Lectures on the French Revolution|John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
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.