What is Federalism?

Federalism is a governance system of self-rule and shared rule.

In other words, governance powers owers are divided and shared between a general government having certain nationwide, continent-wide, or worldwide responsibilities and regional governments with regional powers. This division of powers is combined with the authority to carry out those responsibilities on behalf of the people of the federal body.

The word “federal” comes from the Latin foedus which means covenant or treaty.

The Federal idea or covenant (agreement) signifies a binding governance partnership among co-equals in which the parties retain their individual identity and integrity while creating a new entity in the body politic that has its own identity and integrity.

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From the Forum Video Library📽️

Want to learn more about fiscal federalism & its challenges? Watch this great learning tool with 3 learning modules about fiscal federalism

𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐅𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐅𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝟏
📺➡️https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiEp6SjNXjQ&t=2s
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From the Forum Video Library📽️  Want to learn more about fiscal federalism & its challenges? Watch this great learning tool with 3 learning modules about fiscal federalism  𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐅𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐅𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝟏 
📺➡️https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiEp6SjNXjQ&t=2s

We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Klaus Detterbeck, a leading scholar in political parties and federalism, and a dedicated collaborator with Forum of Federations.

His work has been influential to our federalism publications and research. Our condolences go out to his loved ones.
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We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Klaus Detterbeck, a leading scholar in political parties and federalism, and a dedicated collaborator with Forum of Federations.  His work has been influential to our federalism publications and research. Our condolences go out to his loved ones.
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