Advantages and Disadvantages of Federalism

Which of the following is not a benefit of federalism?

  1. Federalism promotes political participation.
  2. Federalism encourages economic equality across the country.
  3. Federalism provides for multiple levels of government action.
  4. Federalism accommodates a diversity of opinion.



Describe the advantages of federalism.

Describe the disadvantages of federalism.


Federalism can trigger a race to the bottom, leading states to reduce workplace regulations and social benefits for employees; it can obstruct federal efforts to address national problems; and it can deepen economic and social disparities among states.