Definition of federalism in English:


Syllabification: fed·er·al·ism
Pronunciation: /ˈfed(ə)rəˌlizəm


  • 1The federal principle or system of government: the politics of federalism in Canada
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    • We begin with an ideal type of a federal system called market-preserving federalism - a federation that satisfies all four conditions.
    • The founders crafted throughout the Constitution a system of federalism, whereby state governments were intended to check the powers of the national government.
    • To be sure, as the history of the European Union shows, there can be federalism without a federation.
  • 1.1 (Federalism) The principles of the Federalist Party.
  • 1.2In Canada, support of confederation in opposition to Quebec separatism.
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    • Thus is the benign and pleasant face of federalism presented throughout Quebec.
    • He became a biting critic of Quebec nationalism and reasoned for a Canadian federalism in which English and French Canada would be on an equal footing.
    • In Quebec, federalism equals the Liberal party.

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