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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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Michael Yusingco writes about insights that he gained from speakers and participants of the Eurac Winter School on Federalism at the University of Insbruck, Austria.
The sense and essence of cooperative federalism is co-active and collaborative efforts of each state to achieve the common goal of all,' he said.
Lambino, for his part, said federalism will solve the country's problems such as political dynasties.
According to the magazine, Russia views federalism as a means to maintain the Al-Assad regime's control over at least the areas inhabited by a majority of Alawites, including Russia's strategic naval base in Tartus.
Secondly, it will review the concepts and history of federalism in Pakistan as entrenched indifferent Acts and constitutions together with the amendments.
Federalism "shall be democratically negotiated in the constitution making process".
The global perspective within the collection echoes not only Simeon's academic evolution, but that of the broader Canadian discipline, and speaks to the importance that Canadian scholars and practitioners of federalism, such as Simeon himself, have played in international debates and the evolution of federations around the world.
In each instance, the nationalist school of federalism departs from state-centered accounts of federalism and pushes toward a nationalist vision of devolution's virtues.
Politically, experts say that the growing sectarian tension in the north, secessionists in the south and Al Qaida's attacks are major obstacles to federalism.
Over the course of three days, scholars and experts of federalism gave lectures on core concepts of federalism and decentralization.
When Mario Albertini, writing in 1963, sought to treat federalism as a political theory in its own right, he made a combined use of the writings of Immanuel Kant and Alexander Hamilton, two figures not typically discussed together, in order to identify the three main pillars of federalism as a political theory: from Kant, he derived peace as the value of federalism; from Hamilton, he identified the proper institutional characters of the federal state for ensuring peace; and from Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, he articulated the vision of the evil of national absolute sovereignty and the need for multi-level systems of government from the local to the cosmopolitan level.
I am not a member of the Federalist Society, but I am a member of the federalism society.