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date: 13 August 2020

Federalism. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to United States History
Author(s):
Mark TushnetMark Tushnet

Federalism is the division of governing power between the national and state governments.Advocates of federalism assert that it allows states to experiment with new programs that other states can adopt or modify, protects against tyranny by imposing checks on the national government, and provides the citizens of a diverse nation with a way of governing locally to achieve their distinctive interests while creating a national government to serve truly national purposes. Federalism's critics believe that local diversity is much less important in the modern world than it was in the past, and that a centralized government can encourage experimentation.... ...

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