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1 In political science, see federal governmentfederal government
or federation,
government of a union of states in which sovereignty is divided between a central authority and component state authorities. A federation differs from a confederation in that the central power acts directly upon individuals as well as
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. 2 In U.S. history, see states' rightsstates' rights,
in U.S. history, doctrine based on the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, which states, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
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(1) A form of state organization that usually exists in multinational states.

(2) In a number of countries, a political movement in support of a federal system of government.

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38) The reality is that we have a federalistic structure because one section of the American Empire believed in a forced and the other in a free labor system--the intricacies of that structure were a means of permitting these irreconcilable systems of economic organization to co-exist under the same flag.
He made a frank avowal in the foreword to his first volume: "The point of view from which I have endeavored to evaluate the materials is liberal rather than conservative, Jeffersonian rather than Federalistic.
They were going on not in a federalistic way, but as unemployed workers of Canada.
internal market for goods, services, capital and labor, and adaptation of business behavior and structures to this datum; (2) the subtle blend of federal and state competences in the governance of the market, with a large and often healthy play of competition between state jurisdictions in the continuing search for the best microeconomic policies; and (3) the workings of the Federal Reserve System, which back in the 1920s came to recognize that integrated financial markets and a single currency left much less place for federalistic decentralization in the domain of macro-economic monetary policy than in the case of microeconomic policies for market regulation.
73) This break with convention caused some commotion, with one leading Senator stating, "I am sorry to see revived the old Federalistic custom of speeches from the throne.