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Should Paid Parental Leave Be Decided by the States?

POSTED | Feb 21, 2019

Vanessa Brown Calder suggests that, contrary to President Trump's stated support for a federal family paid leave policy, states and localities would be better suited...More

Greenhouse Gas Litigation Highlights Canadian Balance of Power Issues

POSTED | Feb 21, 2019

Martin Olszynski writes that litigation of the federal government's greenhouse gas pricing plan concerns not only the constitutionality of the plan, but also the balance...More

Will Federalism Blunt a "Transgressive Presidency"?

POSTED | Feb 20, 2019

CSF Fellow John Kincaid writes that the complex characteristics of American federalism will thwart "the worst initiatives of Donald Trump's presidency." Read more here.

States Offer U.S. Marijuana Industry Opportunities Despite Federal Ban

POSTED | Feb 20, 2019

Writing that, "happily, we have federalism," Bill Alpert reports that the legalization of marijuana continues to progress despite the federal ban on the substance. Read more...More

Canadian Child Advocacy Group Joins Climate-Change Litigation

POSTED | Feb 20, 2019

The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children has recently intervened in climate-change related litigation, arguing that children are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects...More

Republicans Seek to Stop Voter-Approved Medicaid Expansions

POSTED | Feb 19, 2019

Mattie Quinn reports that in every state where ballot measures to expand Medicaid have passed, Republicans have tried to undermine the expansion measures. Read more here.

States Prepare for Future Shutdowns

POSTED | Feb 19, 2019

Federal government shutdowns -- and the continued threat of them -- have led several states to take steps to be better prepared in the event...More

States Seek Federal Help in Combating Invasive Species

POSTED | Feb 19, 2019

Damage caused by invasive animals and plants have prompted states to seek increased federal assistance in combating the problem. Read more here.

Federalism, Interstate Development, and the Indian Inter-States Council

POSTED | Feb 18, 2019

Sudipto Mundle analyses the discrepancy among development indicators in India through the lens of education services. He recommends that discrepancies among states could be better...More

Federalism and "Imperial Manila"?

POSTED | Feb 18, 2019

In an op-ed, Cielito F. Habito warns that if the nation shifts to a federal form of government, the economic gap between many regions in...More

Book on the Quebec Conference of 1864

POSTED | Feb 18, 2019

Eugénie Brouillet, et al., have edited The Quebec Conference of 1864 (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2018). The book's essays reflect the renewed historical interest in the Quebec-Canada...More

Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfers and Gender Equality in India

POSTED | Feb 18, 2019

Writing that "fiscal federalism with asymmetry in revenue and expenditure assignments inevitably leads to vertical and horizontal imbalances in public service provisioning," several scholars have examined...More

Trump and Cuomo Discuss SALT Tax

POSTED | Feb 15, 2019

New York governor Andrew Cuomo met with President Donald Trump this week to discuss the cap on the state-and-local tax deduction, which Cuomo asserts has...More

Police Federalism

POSTED | Feb 15, 2019

Trevor George Gardner reviews the cultural and legal history of efforts to make state and local police subordinate to federal objectives. Gardner examines this "police...More

State Tax Limits On Local Tax Rates

POSTED | Feb 15, 2019

Ariel Jurow Kleiman explores how state-level property-tax limits on local tax rates affect the distribution of political power between local voters and policymakers. Kleiman argues...More