Antifederalism Law and Legal Definition

Antifederalism is a political ideology, which opposes Federalism. Federalism is a system in which the power to govern a country is shared between central and state governments, creating what is often called a federation. Anti-Federalism also refers to a movement that opposed the creation of a stronger U.S. federal government and which later opposed the ratification of the Constitution of 1787. The previous constitution, called the Articles of Confederation, gave state governments more authority.