Encyclopedia > Confederation

  Article Content

Confederation

A confederation is a large state composed of many self-governing reigons. Unlike a federation, a confederation has a very weak central government with little influence over the actions or policies of the member regions. However, on certain key issues, such as defense or currency, the central government will be required to provide support for all members.

Traditional confederation style government has been rare in modern history, although many countries have identifed themselves as such (ie: German Confederation, Canadian Confederation, etc). The term "confederation" is thus frequently misused as a synonym of "federation."

The best examples of modern day confederations can be found in the governments of Switzerland and the European Union. Both feature very weak central governments, and allow for great powers of self-government for the member regions.



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
Springs, New York

... For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 100.8 males. The median income for a household in the town is $57,038, and the median income for a family is $66,607. ...

 
 
 
This page was created in 67.9 ms