Definition of federalism in US English:



  • 1The federal principle or system of government.

    ‘the politics of federalism in Canada’
    • ‘Can federalism enhance the democratic legitimacy of a political system?’
    • ‘This intergovernmental perspective views federalism as a public administration process.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, many of the jurists whose names are most often cited as possible successors have troubling records on choice, federalism and church-state separation.’
    • ‘In every opinion poll and at their chance to vote, they showed they want all the boring, beautiful things of a stable life: democracy, federalism, power-sharing.’
    • ‘We do not necessarily object to federalism, but what sort of federalism is on offer?’
    • ‘To be sure, as the history of the European Union shows, there can be federalism without a federation.’
    • ‘There was a day when being a conservative meant being for fiscal responsibility, balanced budgets, smaller government and a healthy federalism that allowed more state control.’
    • ‘We're left with an amendment that achieves social conservative aims by subverting both the separation of powers and federalism.’
    • ‘At the political level, federalism is an institution we borrowed from the Americans, adapting it to a parliamentary system.’
    • ‘A written constitution can be viewed as a structural feature of this particular Constitution, as are separation of powers and federalism, that serves particular purposes.’
    • ‘Clark was sometimes annoyed by his colleagues' inability to grasp the substance of federalism and particularly the separation of powers.’
    • ‘Although it was not directly named in the Constitution, federalism is a central principle of government in the United States of America.’
    • ‘The founders crafted throughout the Constitution a system of federalism, whereby state governments were intended to check the powers of the national government.’
    • ‘I'll be talking about federalism and separation of powers.’
    • ‘This view is more in keeping with federalism - the concept that the federal government would not intrude into core state affairs.’
    • ‘We begin with an ideal type of a federal system called market-preserving federalism - a federation that satisfies all four conditions.’
    • ‘The more complicated question for aquaculture opponents and public trust advocates is one of federalism.’
    • ‘He learned the basic structure and dynamics of American government, including the separation of powers, federalism, and the power of the president to make war.’
    • ‘It will be found in a developing emphasis on regional agreements and authorities, from which may emerge the preconditions for a revamped federalism.’
    • ‘This is the case with provisions for old age, nursing care, the health system, and federalism.’
    1. 1.1 The principles of the Federalist Party.
    2. 1.2 In Canada, support of confederation in opposition to Quebec separatism.
      • ‘Throughout its history, the federal NDP has essentially tailed the Liberal conception of Canadian federalism.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Political scientist François Rocher provides a more measured assessment of Martin's approach to federalism, the Council of the Federation and the health care deal.’
      • ‘However much they may pay lip service to asymmetrical federalism, when push comes to shove, an activist federal party proposes federal programs.’
      • ‘Thus is the benign and pleasant face of federalism presented throughout Quebec.’
      • ‘In Quebec, federalism equals the Liberal party.’
      • ‘This debate also turns on two quite different conceptions of federalism, one dominant in Canada outside Quebec, and the other dominant in Quebec.’