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Definition of Federal state

Federal state Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Social Work in Canada
refers to three levels of government: the national government, the provincial and territorial governments, and the regional and municipal governments.
Federal state Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Federalism is a political concept describing the practice whereby a group of members are bound together by agreement or covenant (Latin: foedus, ) with a governing representative head. It refers to a system of government in which sovereignty is constitutionally shared between a central governing authority and constituent political units (such as states or provinces). Leading examples of such a political system, or federation, include Switzerland, Germany, the United States, Canada, Australia and India. Federalism is a system based upon democratic rules and institutions in which the power to govern is shared between national and provincial/state governments. The term federalist describes several political beliefs around the world depending on context.

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A federation (from Latin: foedus, gen.: foederis, "covenant"), also known as a federal state, is a political entity characterized by a union of partially self-governing states or regions under a central (federal) government. In a federation, the self-governing status of the component states, as well as the division of power between them and the central government, are typically constitutionally entrenched and may not be altered by a unilateral decision of either party, the states or the federal political body.

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