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A joining together of states or nations in a league or association; the league itself. An unincorporated association of persons for a common purpose.


noun affiliation, alliance, amalgamation, association, centralization, coalition, combination, combine, concert, confederacy, confederation, cooperation, federal union, integration, league, merger, organized body, pool, syndicate, unification, union
Associated concepts: labor federation, unincorporated association
See also: alliance, association, body, cartel, chamber, coaction, coalescence, coalition, committee, compact, company, confederacy, consolidation, contact, contribution, cooperative, corporation, enterprise, integration, league, merger, organization, partnership, pool, society, sodality, syndicate, union
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The purpose of this paper is, therefore, to analyze fiscal policy in the presence of environmental and labor market externalities within a decentralized federation structure.
In contrast, the Democrats are still a decentralized federation of state parties, united by little more than "partisanship" in the narrowest sense.
Apart from the criminal law, Canada is already de facto the world's most decentralized federation.
Decentralized federations can merge into a democratic Middle East Federation: "Geographic and cultural similarities throughout the region, and shared economic needs and water resources, might form the basis for a democratic federation of the entire region" (p.

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