What does the term Quasi Federal Mean?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 14th, 2023

Quasi federal means a system of government where the center has more power than the states. India is a quasi-federal state as it has a strong central influence on the powers of the state. In this system, the features of a unitary government and a federal government are combined. There are various advantages and disadvantages of the Quasi federal form of government.

Meaning of Quasi Federal

In a quasi-federal state, the distribution of power among the state governments and central government is unequal. In a country like India, the center holds greater power than the states. But in a country like the USA, which is a true federation, states have the power to secede from the union government.

  • The advantages of Quasi federal form of government are cooperation and coordination for national-level programs, resolving interstate disputes, national incorporation, etc.
  • On the other hand, the disadvantages are misuse of the office of the governor, misuse of power by the central government, delay in disbursal of resources, shirking accountability, etc.
  • In this form of government, a system of single government is followed.
  • It has established a single market economy in India with the introduction of a single tax system i.e. GST.

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