- advocacy of the federal system of government.
- (initial capital letter)the principles of the Federalist party.
Origin of federalism
Examples from the Web for federalism
Contemporary Examples of federalism
Les Gelb calls the proposal “federalism,” with three strong local governments within a single nation.The Crisis Leadership of No-Drama Obama
June 15, 2014
But the resolution demanded official status for the Russian language and a referendum on federalism.Ukrainian Troops Surrender to Unarmed Pro-Russian Protesters
April 17, 2014
Federalism will appeal primarily to an idea detached from reality.Disunited and Without States
January 4, 2014
This is your typical case of adultery, federalism, and chemical weapons.SCOTUS-Palooza: Preview of the Big Cases in the New Term
October 7, 2013
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?
April 17, 2013
Historical Examples of federalism
He hated it more than any other of the "abominations" of Federalism.The Life of John Marshall Volume 3 of 4
Albert J. Beveridge
The downfall of Federalism came with the presidential election of 1800.Alexander Hamilton
Charles A. Conant
He pronounced May 7, 1846, in favor of federalism as an excuse for insubordination.The War With Mexico, Volume II (of 2)
Justin H. Smith
All this must come, and more too, if federalism rules a few years longer.Thirty Years' View (Vol. II of 2)
Thomas Hart Benton
It was only after the Bill passed that Federalism could be discussed.The Annual Register 1914
1793, American English, from French fédéralisme, from fédéral (see federal).
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.