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What are the merits of a federal government?
The merits of a federal government (that is, where power is divided between the centre and its subsidiaries) are as follows:
a) It is suitable for bigger countries, and allows for larger states.
b) National interests are combined with local freedoms and decision-making. The country is unified but local problems are managed on a local level as well.
c) It is efficient in terms of governance and administration because there is division of powers.
d) The division of power checks the rise of authoritarianism on the part of the centre.
e) It propels cultural and economic progress because the government functions locally and as a national entity.
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