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In the interests of intellectual discourse, the Center for the Study of Federalism posts diverse viewpoints. The views we post do not necessarily represent the views of the Center.

Net Neutrality and the States

POSTED | Oct 18, 2019

Daniel Lyons examines the federalism questions arising from the resurgence in state-level telecommunication regulation. Read more here.

"Billionaires, Organizations, and Federalism"

POSTED | Oct 18, 2019

Jacob M. Grumback reviews several books that examine federalism and inequality. Read more here.

LOC Resources for Teaching About Federalism

POSTED | Oct 17, 2019

This year's Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress recently posted suggestions on using the LOC's resources for teaching secondary students about federalism and...More

Kansas v. Garcia: Does the IRCA Preempt Some State Prosecutions?

POSTED | Oct 17, 2019

Pratheepan Gulasekaram previews the upcoming Supreme Court case of Kansas v. Garcia, in which Kansas has appealed a ruling that the federal Immigration Reform and Control...More

Do Sanctuary Jurisdictions Violate Federal Law?

POSTED | Oct 17, 2019

In an op-ed, John E. Finn examines whether policies of so-called sanctuary jurisdictions that curtail abortion rights or impede enforcement of firearm background checks violate...More

Book on Federalism and Marijuana Policy

POSTED | Oct 16, 2019

Jonathan H. Adler has edited Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane (Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2020). The book's essays explore issues flowing from the persistent...More

Panel on Federalism and Native Lands

POSTED | Oct 16, 2019

On October 23, the University of Idaho College of Law will hold a panel discussion on "Federalism and Native Lands," featuring former U.S. Interior Secretary...More

Trump Administration to Allow States and Cities to Block Refugees

POSTED | Oct 15, 2019

The Trump administration has announced policy changes that will allow states and local governments to ban refugees. Read more here.

Catalan Leaders Sentenced

POSTED | Oct 15, 2019

Spain's Supreme Court has sentenced a group of Catalan leaders to jail in the wake of the 2017 referendum on Catalan independence (password required). Read...More

A Limit to the Trump Administration's Willingness to Change Medicaid?

POSTED | Oct 14, 2019

The mixed responses from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to Utah's attempts to change Medicaid could show the limits of the Trump administration's...More

Canadian Provinces Seek Greater Autonomy

POSTED | Oct 14, 2019

Alberta and other provinces are looking to Quebec's experience in dealing with the national government as a map to greater autonomy. Read more here.

Flashback Friday: Vincent Ostrom, "Can Federalism Make a Difference?"

POSTED | Oct 11, 2019

Flashback Friday is an occasional feature in which we look back to noteworthy articles from the past. In this 1973 article from Publius: The Journal of...More

SNAP Changes Would Reduce States' Role

POSTED | Oct 11, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has put forth proposals that would reduce states' autonomy in administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Read more here.

Himalayan Federalism Center Established

POSTED | Oct 11, 2019

Nepal Administrative Staff College has established the Federalism Study Center, which will carry out research related to the nation's newly established federal system of government. Read...More

Kashmir Change Contrary to Indian Federalism?

POSTED | Oct 11, 2019

Amitabha Pande writes that the change in Kashmir's status is an "assault on the fundamental principles of federalism that are embedded in the Constitution in...More