federalism federalism  /ˈfɛ də rə ˌlɪ zəm/


  • (n) the idea of a federal organization of more or less self-governing units


  1. Federalism has remained a roadblock and the Sunnis' red line issue.
  2. In something of an Administration victory, the Governors wound up spending most of their three days debating federalism rather than berating the budget.
  3. Just as he sought a unified theory in science, he sought a world federalism that would impose order on competing nations.


  1. Pres. Clinton, In Philadelphia, Says Obamacare Is Vital Economic Tool For U.S.

    As part of a conference on federalism at the National Constitution Center, Clinton said health care reform is vital to making the US more competitive in the global economy.
    on June 26, 2013     Source: CBS Philadelphia

  2. Readers Feel...

    AUSTIN -- Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court ruling in Shelby Co. v. Holder. "Today's ruling by the United States Supreme Court is a clear victory for federalism and the states.
    on June 26, 2013     Source: KAMR Amarillo

  3. Competitive Federalism in Action: A Review of Rich States, Poor States

    One of the great virtues of federalism is the considerable latitude it grants the states to craft their own economic policies. Given the diversity of the states, the results inevitably vary greatly. North Dakota is booming; Michigan, not so much.
    on June 25, 2013     Source: Heritage Foundation


  1. "We're obviously disappointed by the White House's decision, because it cuts against the notion of federalism and the idea of each state having the flexibility to act in a manner that best suits its needs," Sanford said. "As a result, we will...
    on Mar 20, 2009 By: Mark Sanford Source: BusinessWeek

  2. "We need to proceed very carefully because of the uniqueness as well as the size of the case," Henderson said. "We're talking about a federalism dispute of the very highest order."
    on Oct 27, 2008 By: Thelton Henderson Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "If the choice was between this deeply-flawed bill and no bill at all, no bill is hands down the better option," Hatch said in a statement issued by his office. "This legislation made a mockery of our system of federalism by dictating to the...
    on Apr 20, 2010 By: Orrin Hatch Source: Washington Post

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