Federalism Essay

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Sagesse kutumbakana Govt 2305 Mr. Gonzalez Won Ha Federalism is a political concept in which a group of members are bound together by covenant with a governing representative head. The term "federalism" is also used to describe a system of government in which sovereignty is constitutionally divided between a central governing authority and constituent political units. Federalism is a system based upon democratic rules and institutions in which the power to govern is shared between national and provincial governments. “Federalism provides protection against domination by the majority, an opportunity for self-fulfillment and self-development for the minority, through institutions that it controls, while maintaining the ability of both groups to pursue common goals” (Simeon and Conway, 2001) The federalism system of governments in the United States and Canada are basically the same in that both are governments that have a constitution and divide power between central and regional governments. However, beyond this very basic description, they vary greatly. The only difference is that the U.S. is a republic, and the Canadian system is a monarchy. This means that we have an elected president to lead our democracy, and in Canada, they have a Queen or king, the power is stuck in one family and goes from family member to member. As with any democracy, many nuances and subtleties differentiate and make parallel the two. In a democracy government officials are elected, or chosen by the population (citizen) as they are in both of the countries that I will compare. They each have various levels of government that separate levels of power. The officials elected are responsible to the citizens that have elected them in that they must dutifully represent the wishes of the people in the conducts of their business. In both countries, the levels and tiers of government

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