The Nature of American Federalism
A look at American federalism, including how it works, and why it serves to protect American democracy.
“Federalism in the United States is distinctly unique from that practiced elsewhere. Quite unlike any other system established, American federalism is conducive to American ideals of liberty. Federalism gives both the national and the state government separate spheres of authority, which cannot be trampled upon by the other. Hence, while states retain a degree of sovereignty, nationalistic interests can pervade over regional concerns, the federal government can assert control when appropriate. Not only does the federal system in America allow the government to act upon the needs of the nation, but it limits the possibility of control of the government by a militant faction and provides a bulwark against the “tyranny of the majority.” ”