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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.

Cooperative Federalism in Energy Regulation

POSTED | Oct 18, 2018

Joseph H. Margolies writes that two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions have softened the jurisdictional boundary between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state public utility...More

Danger Posed by Weakened American Federalism?

POSTED | Oct 18, 2018

David N. Schleicher writes that an increasingly large body of research has made it clear that voters look almost entirely to national politics when voting...More

Is Devolution the Path to a Less Politicized Judiciary?

POSTED | Oct 17, 2018

Ilya Shapiro suggests that devolving power away from the federal government to the states offers the best route to less partisan courts. Read more here.

DOJ Releasing More Funds to Sanctuary Jurisdictions

POSTED | Oct 17, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice is releasing 2017 public safety funds to some so-called sanctuary cities that have refused to cooperate with the federal government's...More

Housing Increasingly a State, Rather than Local, Issue

POSTED | Oct 17, 2018

In many states, local zoning rules are increasingly giving way to state-mandated housing policy as states struggle to find ways to encourage the development of...More

Podcast: Federalism and Why States Sue the Federal Government

POSTED | Oct 16, 2018

In this podcast, the staff of Democracy Works discusses federalism with Josh Shapiro, the attorney general of Pennsylvania. They discuss how federalism influences whether states choose to sue...More

Video: Fitting California's Federalism Within a National Framework

POSTED | Oct 16, 2018

Karthick Ramakrishnan of the University of California, Riverside, recently spoke about the national significance of California's progressive federalism. You can view a video of the...More

Federalism in India and Nepal

POSTED | Oct 16, 2018

Madhukar S.J.B. Rana and Atul K. Thakur consider India's experience with cooperative federalism, and what that might suggest about how Nepal's new federalist structure should...More

Data Protection Via Federalism

POSTED | Oct 15, 2018

Jonathan Mayer writes that data-protection efforts have long stalled at the federal level, which presents a "federalism twist" -- an opportunity for the states to...More

Australian Federalism and Indigenous Nations

POSTED | Oct 15, 2018

Michael Breen suggests that federalism offers a fresh way for the nation to constitutionally recognize indigenous peoples. Read more here.

Fiscal Flows in India

POSTED | Oct 12, 2018

Deepak Sethia writes that inter-regional fiscal flows have been widely studied in Europe and North America, but not in India. Sethia seeks to remedy this...More

Exit Clauses in Federal Systems

POSTED | Oct 12, 2018

Martijn Huysmans writes that, unlike the European Union, most federations lack exit clauses. He contends that in the case of the EU, an "exit-voice logic"...More

Sub-National Government Variation in Russia

POSTED | Oct 11, 2018

Cameron Ross and Petr Panov write that Russia's national government allows regional governments only a limited range of variation. They examine the variations that do...More

Federalism and Brazil's Health System

POSTED | Oct 11, 2018

Rita de Cassia Gabrielli Souza Lima, Nadya Batista, and Denis William Gripa review scholarly literature from 2015 to 2017 relating to federalism and Brazil's Unified...More

Washington State Braces for Net Neutrality Attack

POSTED | Oct 11, 2018

Washington and California have both implemented net neutrality legislation, with California's being challenged by the U.S. Justice Department. Washington's net neutrality legislation has not yet...More