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Federalism: A system of government?

Is federalism an effective system of government?

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This is a really huge philosophical/political question that is not easy to answer without further clarity. How are you defining federalism - use Garth Stevenson and KC Wheare for this: A method of dividing powers such that the regional and general governments are within a sphere, co-ordinate and independent.

Now is this effective? Would Canada have stayed a federal country for over 100 years if it wasn't? On the other hand, why would Quebec want to separate if it was so effective? What did you ...

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The solution takes on the debate on Fedralism, discussing Federalism as a system of government.