Federalism - Research Article from Governments of the World

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Origins and Development

The word federal comes from the Latin foedus, meaning covenant. A covenant signifies a partnership in which individuals or groups voluntarily consent to unite for common purposes without giving up their fundamental rights or identities. The covenant idea originated in the Hebrew Bible, which emphasizes the idea that all relationships—between God and humans and among humans themselves—should be established by mutual and voluntary consent and signified by a covenant or compact of mutual promise and obligation.

FIRST U.S. SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY ALEXANDER HAMILTON. A dedicated proponent of a centralized federal government, Alexander Hamilton was author and editor of the 85 essays of The Federalist, published in 1788, that aided in the passing of the FIRST U.S. SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY ALEXANDER HAMILTON. A dedicated proponent of a centralized federal government, Alexander Hamilton was author and editor of the 85 essays of The Federalist, published in 1788, that aided in the passing of the U.S. Constitution and has been utilized by the Supreme Court.

The covenant idea was universalized in Western civilization when Christianity adopted the Hebrew Bible as its Old...

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