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Federalist

One who believes in or advocates a political system in which the central government has certain, enumerated powers, and other government responsibilities are delegated to lower levels of government. For example, a federalist system may designate the central government to handle monetary policy and foreign affairs, but delegate most other matters to the provinces or states.
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The montagnard representatives-on-mission who carried out the repression were less responsive to popular will than the federalist government and in the end did not succeed in preventing the propertied elites of Lyon from reclaiming the political supremacy to which they felt the revolutionary order entitled them.
In considering mechanisms for the management and settlement of disputes once they arise, the JWG recognized that the two countries' large federalist governments and complex administrative structures hampered efforts at negotiation.