Current News, Analyses, Events, Publications & Personalities

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.

Trans Mountain Pipeline Project and Canadian Federalism

POSTED | Apr 23, 2019

Brent Rathgeber contends that federalism in Canada might have "entered a new and awkward phase this past weekend" over the Trans Mountain Pipeline dispute. Read more here.

Federalism and Localism

POSTED | Apr 23, 2019

Bruce Katz writes that federalism and "its close relation," localism, have made the United States resilient in ways that more centrally focused nations are not. Read...More

Discussion of "51 Imperfect Solutions"

POSTED | Apr 22, 2019

Justice Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court has reviewed Jeffrey S. Sutton's recent book about judicial federalism, 51 Imperfect Solutions: The Making of American Constitutional Law, in the Yale Law...More

"Deferential Federalism" and Civil Rights Prosecutions

POSTED | Apr 22, 2019

Adam Harris Kurland explores the role of the federal government in prosecuting local police officers for civil rights violations. Read more here.

The Guarantee Clause and Nonrepublican State Government

POSTED | Apr 19, 2019

Writing that "nonjusticiable does not mean toothless," Carolyn Shapiro suggests that the Guarantee Clause requires Congress to address state level, antidemocratic tactics such as extreme partisan...More

Subsidiarity and Green Federalism in Europe

POSTED | Apr 19, 2019

Tiago de Melo Cartaxo examines the application of subsidiarity to environmental issues within the European Union to explore a possible path to green federalism in...More

ACA "Big Waiver" Under Threat?

POSTED | Apr 18, 2019

Elizabeth Y. McCuskey writes that the Affordable Care Act's "big waiver" -- a waiver intended to allow states to pursue innovative healthcare solutions while maintaining...More

The Neglect of Nationalism

POSTED | Apr 18, 2019

Gil Seinfeld writes that although federalism is designed to secure the benefits arising from both centralization and devolution, scholarly commentary tends to focus on the...More

Federalism Event in Malaysia

POSTED | Apr 17, 2019

On April 25, the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs of Malaysia will host an event featuring a paper by Tricia Yeoh titled, "Reviving the...More

Cooperative Federalism in India a Political Necessity?

POSTED | Apr 17, 2019

An article in the current edition of Frontline: India's National Magazine suggests that the federalization of India's party system and the rise of coalition politics make cooperative...More

Sanctuary Cities Welcome Immigrants

POSTED | Apr 17, 2019

In response to the Trump administration's efforts to release detained immigrants in cities that oppose the administration's immigration policies, a number of sanctuary city leaders...More

Barr Prefers Federalism on Marijuana Legalization Issue

POSTED | Apr 16, 2019

In a Cato Institute blog post, Jeffrey A. Singer writes that Attorney General William Barr's position on marijuana legalization is more federalist than that of...More

Report: SALT Cap Not Causing Exodus from High-Tax States

POSTED | Apr 16, 2019

A report from Moody's Investors Services indicates that people are not leaving high-tax states as a result of the 2017 federal cap on the state-and-local...More

Implementation of International Treaties Through Subnational Mechanisms

POSTED | Apr 15, 2019

A group of scholars explore the role that American states play in international treaty implementation through their legislative authority. Read more here.

The EU and "Competence Creep"

POSTED | Apr 15, 2019

Juuso Järviniemi writes that competence creep -- the presence of European Union-level rules in a field where the EU does not have a specific competence...More