Undeniably, there were many disagreements at the constitutional convention on which structure America should adopt. Some delegates in the convention opted for a national government. However, a good number of the delegates feared that a national government would be too strong; hence it would only weaken the government constitution(Losco and Baker).. After compromising, the delegates agreed on creating the federal government, where the power was divided and shared amongst states and national governments. It is clear that the founders of the United States chose to adopt a federal system of government because it divided and shared power equally between states and national governments. Additionally, the founders opted for the federal government because it is a type of a government, which represents the concepts that are in the constitution. This federal government was also preferred because it allowed individual state governments to retain their power so as to govern their own matters, without any outside interference.
The federal government has both its weaknesses and strengths. It may have more advantages, but its disadvantages also matter a lot. Some of the advantages of the federal government include; the fact that this form of a government encourages national development in a regional way; hence allowing unique and inventive means of tackling political , social, economic, as well religious issues. Secondly, a federal government provides a conducive environment for the state government to remain close to its people, ensuring that the government knows the needs of its people, especially the people in remote areas (Losco and Baker).
Some of its disadvantages are such as; a federal government can bring about replication of government and disorganized conflicting, policies, thus causing confusion in different parts of the country. Secondly federalism can lead to inequity between different nations thus promoting rivalry, and unhealthy competition between them(Losco and Baker). Lastly federalism can also bring about increased corruption because of the fact that different state governments work on their own without any interference from the central government.
Losco, Joseph, and Ralph Baker. Am Gov 2012. New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2012. Print.