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Federalism

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. Examples of federalist countries include the United States and Canada.
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Although the contemporary United States does not qualify according to Weingast's definition, it is one of the more federalistic nations.
You may remember that at the outset of this lecture I said that conventional federalistic arguments relating to "decentralization" seem inapposite to this issue.
It would be excessive to claim that fully co-equal bicameralism would alone solve the Canadian and Indian separatist problems, but it seems to me equally excessive to hold out Canada and India as paragons of federalistic harmony and good feeling!
Evans emphasizes the skills of communication and conflict handling to sustain closer interdependencies; Grove (1983) provides ways to develop the autonomy and performance orientation of units as parts of a larger whole; Hampden-Turner (1990) offers a strategy that brings to a synthesis opposing interests and different concerns; Handy (1992) describes a federalistic organization design; Pascale (1990) tries to develop a higher tolerance for the simultaneousness of cooperation and competition.
(3) federalistic ideologies and schemes, mostly presented by philosophic advocates of federalism as a utopian system (Marc 1948; Marc and Aron 1948; Stevens 1977).