Definition of federalism in US English:



  • 1The federal principle or system of government.

    ‘the politics of federalism in Canada’
    • ‘This is the case with provisions for old age, nursing care, the health system, and federalism.’
    • ‘It will be found in a developing emphasis on regional agreements and authorities, from which may emerge the preconditions for a revamped federalism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'll be talking about federalism and separation of powers.’
    • ‘To be sure, as the history of the European Union shows, there can be federalism without a federation.’
    • ‘Clark was sometimes annoyed by his colleagues' inability to grasp the substance of federalism and particularly the separation of powers.’
    • ‘The more complicated question for aquaculture opponents and public trust advocates is one of federalism.’
    • ‘We begin with an ideal type of a federal system called market-preserving federalism - a federation that satisfies all four conditions.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, many of the jurists whose names are most often cited as possible successors have troubling records on choice, federalism and church-state separation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This view is more in keeping with federalism - the concept that the federal government would not intrude into core state affairs.’
    • ‘Can federalism enhance the democratic legitimacy of a political system?’
    • ‘This intergovernmental perspective views federalism as a public administration process.’
    • ‘We do not necessarily object to federalism, but what sort of federalism is on offer?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 The principles of the Federalist Party.
    2. 1.2 In Canada, support of confederation in opposition to Quebec separatism.
      • ‘This debate also turns on two quite different conceptions of federalism, one dominant in Canada outside Quebec, and the other dominant in Quebec.’
      • ‘Throughout its history, the federal NDP has essentially tailed the Liberal conception of Canadian federalism.’
      • ‘Thus is the benign and pleasant face of federalism presented throughout Quebec.’
      • ‘However much they may pay lip service to asymmetrical federalism, when push comes to shove, an activist federal party proposes federal programs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In Quebec, federalism equals the Liberal party.’