The debate over centralized governance vs. decentralization of power for the most effective form of sovereign rule has persisted throughout world history. Today, it is more relevant than ever as the call for a never before seen globally centralized government challenges the status quo national sovereignty. Yet there is a much less discussed but credible position of local/regional government that has, from time to time successfully taken root and is popular among those wary of rule from afar.
The argument over centralized rule vs. decentralization of power kicked off between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson in the newly formed Republic and was institutionalized and memorialized. Both claimed to have the correct vision for the newly founded Republic.