Federalism

Constitutional Principle Project

By: Anas Hasic, Hadrian Doromal, Adis Beganovic, Mirzad Kablic

What is Federalism?

Federalism is a type of government in which two levels of government (national and state) share control over the same geographic region.
What is federalism? (updated)

Federalism's Significance and Purpose of principle

The Founding Fathers included Federalism in the principles of the Constitution, because federalism helps regulate the central government, while giving it still enough power of which it shares between the states. The Founding Fathers chose to use Federalism because the Articles of Confederation had a very obvious flaw that the central government didn't have enough power, but still needed to be limited so that it can't completely overpower the states and people.

Examples of Federalism

Nigeria declared itself a federal republic in 1963, and has created 4 different constitutions. The latest, which is still in use today, was written in 1999.

Federalism in the Past

The Enlightenment Philosopher Montesquieu believed that a government whose powers were separated was the best type of government. The Magna Carta, one of the documents created During the Enlightenment, was another thing that proposed the separation of powers.
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A visual representation about how power is distributed in a federal government
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Many different characteristics and elements of federalism