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Ethiopian Federalism in Transition?

POSTED | Sep 18, 2018

Yonatan Fessha writes that although Ethiopia's two-decade-old federal structure is dominated by democratic centralism, the nation is moving toward increased power at the state level....More

"Prescribing Federalism": Canadian Pharmacare Proposal Studied

POSTED | Sep 18, 2018

The Mowat Centre of Ontario has prepared a report examining the intergovernmental implications of a national pharmacare program. Read more here.

Canadian Indigenous Communities and Oil and Gas Development

POSTED | Sep 18, 2018

Stephen Buffalo of the Indian Resource Council writes that the contested Trans Mountain pipeline project has sparked all manner of concerns, "even the fragility of...More

Is the United States Living James Madison's Nightmare?

POSTED | Sep 17, 2018

Jeffrey Rosen asks whether mob rule is becoming a reality in the United States. He writes that federalism is the most robust "Madisonian cooling mechanism,"...More

Change Called for in Myanmar's Amendment Process

POSTED | Sep 17, 2018

Jesse Hartery writes that as Myanmar considers moving toward a federal structure, it should also consider changes to its current constitutional amendment procedure. The amendment...More

Gerrymandering Opponents Shift Strategy

POSTED | Sep 17, 2018

Frustrated by lengthy court battles over gerrymandering, opponents in some states are pushing for new approaches to the issue. These include efforts to have commissions...More

Nigeria's Federal Character Principle

POSTED | Sep 17, 2018

Iyabode Ogunniran provides an overview of Nigeria's constitution and examines whether insertion of the "Federal Character Principle" in the constitution in 1979 has truly promoted...More

Cities, States, Businesses Combat Global Warming

POSTED | Sep 17, 2018

Tony Barboza reports that, along with cities and states, businesses are increasingly taking the lead in combating global warming as the federal government's leadership in...More

States Prepare to Implement Medicaid Work Requirements

POSTED | Sep 17, 2018

After Arkansas recently used new work requirements to drop more than 4,000 people from its Medicaid rolls, other states are set to do the same...More

New Deduction Cap Drives Competition Among States

POSTED | Sep 17, 2018

Chris Edwards writes that the cap on the state-and-local tax deduction in last year's tax law has forced states to compete with one another. This,...More

Is There a Federal Power to Restrict Immigration?

POSTED | Sep 14, 2018

Ilya Somin contends that the Constitution has no general federal power to restrict immigration. Somin urges constitutional originalists to note the lack of an enumerated...More

Trump and the Tenth Amendment

POSTED | Sep 14, 2018

In this podcast, titled "Federalism 2.0," Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca assert that President Trump's populism represents a danger to the nation that can be thwarted...More

U.S. Education Department Loses Student Loan Lawsuit

POSTED | Sep 14, 2018

This week a group of 19 states prevailed in a lawsuit that accused the Department of Education of wrongly delaying implementation of Obama-administration rules intended to protect...More

Patient Care and Fiscal Federalism in Italy

POSTED | Sep 14, 2018

Paolo Berta, Carla Guerriero, and Rosella Levaggi analyze the effects of fiscal federalism on the quality of patient care in Lombardy. The authors contend that competition...More

Fiscal Federalism Issues in Nepal

POSTED | Sep 13, 2018

In this op-ed, Laxmi Bilas Koirala writes that the National Natural Resources and Fiscal Commission can play a vital role in promoting cooperation among vertical...More