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Federalism is the structure where two or more levels of government operate alongside each other with some autonomy, although they have overlapping jurisdiction and specific functions. During the formation of the U.S. Constitution, there were federalist and anti-federalist arguments being made. Explain the concept of federalism; use specific examples of federalism and anti-federalism in your posting. Which group had the best arguments? Support your argument with examples. Incorporate some of the shifts that took place between both groups (federalists and anti-federalists) to support your response.

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CRJS400-DB2NameClassDateProfessorCRJS400-DB2 Federalism is a political structure that consists of a central government that governs the nation while allowing each individual state the power to develop their own legislation. Through the Constitution the powers of the federal government and the states were defined (Mott, 2008). In other words the government is a federal system but the states have the distinct rights to act independently. While the country initially developed as independent states that were not subject the authority of the federal government. This only resulted in chaos and dissention amongst the delegates. Federalist were interested in developing a central government while the anti-federalist did not want a national government because they feared it would be at the expense of the state (Chin, 1997). After fleeing England due to the oppre

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