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Federalism is a form of government in which a national government and smaller
subdivisions ofthis are in charge. In the United States, there is the central
government accompanied by the 50state governments. The national government deals
with issues that affect the entire nation.
Everything else is left up to the individual state governments. These
governments know their states well and can set up laws to better suit the people
within them. It is for this reason that Federalism works much better in a large
nation. In a large nation, there are bound to be diverse needs which can be met
by the state government. This subdivision of government also leaves the national
government to deal with much broader topics that involve the whole nation,
without having to concentrate on these individual needs.
The political system that Federalism is based on democracy. A democracy is a
government run by the people, in which either people themselves make the laws
and enforce them as a governmental body, called a direct democracy, or they
elect representatives to express the views of the people, known as a
representative democracy. There are two types of representative democracy,
presidential and parliamentary.
. The social system of Federalism under this democracy is summed up fairly
well by Carl Becker, a distinguished political historian. Becker said that the
basic beliefs surrounding a democracy are within the creativity and
individuality of the people. Because of this freedom of individuality, political
parties have come about, in which people with the same political views can join
togetherand support each other, two exa...
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