National federalism

The term "federalism" describes a form of political organization which unites separate groups (of national or ethnic differences) under a single political system in such a way as to enable each group to maintain its fundamental political autonomy and character. To do so, power is distributed among the central and the local governing bodies, and this distribution may result in or reflect discrimination against one or more or the federated groups. The rebellion thus provoked leads to further repression.

When a system is federal in name only, there is usually a high degree of centralization and bureaucracy in order that domination over diverse political groups may be achieved.

Political parties under a federal system are characterized by fragmentation and a lack of central discipline.

The word "federal" was coined in 1645 by British theologians who sought ways of manifesting the biblical covenant theories. Federal principles were applied much earlier, however, by the 13th century Israelites, and later by the Greeks. Modern federalism developed in America in the late 18th century.
Counter Claim:
Federal systems, although liable to failure when being established, have proved the most durable once established. No federal system that has lasted even 15 years has ever been voluntarily abandoned, and those disrupted by revolution have ultimately been restored.
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET