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States Sue Federal Government Over Coal Rules

POSTED | Aug 16, 2019

A group of 22 Democratic-led states has sued the federal government because of a new rule that gives states more authority over proposed upgrades for...More

Insurers Return to ACA Marketplaces

POSTED | Aug 16, 2019

Health insurers are beginning to return to ACA insurance marketplaces as states work to stabilize the markets. Read more here.

Sidama Demand Challenges Ethiopia's Ethnic Federalism

POSTED | Aug 15, 2019

Yohannes Gedamu writes that Ethiopia's federal ethnic arrangement faces a severe test from the Sidama ethnic group's demand to have its own regional state. Read more...More

Book on Canadian Influence on the Law of Secession

POSTED | Aug 15, 2019

Giacomo Delledonne  and Giuseppe Martinico have edited The Canadian Contribution to a Comparative Law of Secession (Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2019). The book explores the 20th anniversary of the Quebec Secession Reference,...More

Is Decentralization Needed in Nigerian Land Administration?

POSTED | Aug 14, 2019

Madumere Nelson proposed a new, decentralized land administration model that, Nelson suggests, is "reflective of practical realities and social dynamics of the Nigerian state." Read more...More

Federalism and "Good Government"

POSTED | Aug 14, 2019

Don Aitkin traces the rise of federations and suggests that in Australia, local communities have lost too much power to the center -- "Australia is...More

Fiscal Federalism and Chinese Economic Expansion

POSTED | Aug 13, 2019

In an op-ed, Zhang Jun writes that credit for the nation's economic expansion lies not with state control, but with its unique form of fiscal...More

National Government of Nepal Renames Local Governments

POSTED | Aug 13, 2019

The Himalayan Times reports that the federal government has changed the headquarters and names of local governments. Some observers contend that this violates principles of federalism,...More

Does Kashmir Change Expose the Fragility of Indian Federalism?

POSTED | Aug 12, 2019

In an op-ed, Louise Tillin writes that regional autonomy was on the rise in India from 1989 until 2014, when the Bharatiya Janata Party achieved...More

Podcast on Gun Violence and Federalism

POSTED | Aug 12, 2019

In the wake of the recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, Charlie Sykes and Adam White discuss how responses to the violence might differ...More

Kashmir Change Contributes to Power Shift in India

POSTED | Aug 09, 2019

Manoj Ramachandran contends that the changed status of Kashmir is just the latest example of how the government of Narendra Modi has shifted the balance...More

Decentralization and European Economic Development

POSTED | Aug 09, 2019

A group of authors have analyzed the fiscal impact of decentralization on the economic development of almost thirty European economies from 1992 to 2017. Read more...More

India Revokes Kashmir's Special Status

POSTED | Aug 08, 2019

India has moved to consolidate control over Kashmir, a Muslim-majority region that has, since 1950, enjoyed considerable autonomy. Pakistan and China have both condemned India's actions (password required)....More

Indian Dam Bill Sparks Federalism Concerns

POSTED | Aug 08, 2019

Political leaders in the state of Tamil Nadu have expressed federalism concerns about a dam safety bill introduced in Parliament that will give the national...More

States Scramble to Meet Real ID Act's Requirements

POSTED | Aug 08, 2019

A number of states are struggling to comply with the federal Real ID Act, which establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and bars federal...More