Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online

Get access

(1,149 words)

1. Definition

Federalism is the theory and practice of a permanent organizational union of more or less autonomous political entities in an overarching political and legal whole. Its principle forms are the federal state and confederation (States, confederation of[4]; [7]. For historical purposes, however, this model, which is centered on the modern state, must be modified. Alliances and coalitions (cf. Bund) were key elements of the rul…

Cite this page
Härter, Karl, “Federalism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019307>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126

▲   Back to top   ▲