How does the debate between the Federalists and Republicans in the late 18th centry represent centralized and decentralized ways of government?
The debate between these two sides represents centralized and decentralized government because each side wanted one of those types of government.
In the years after the Revolutionary War, the Federalists were in favor of a centralized government. They thought such a government would be better for the nation’s economy. They also thought it would be less likely to infringe on the right to property (particularly that of the wealthy). By contrast, the Republicans wanted a decentralized government. They were relatively happy with the government under the Articles of Confederation. They felt a national government was too likely to infringe on the rights of the masses.
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