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Federalism Library

The Federalism Library is an online multimedia collection of articles, books, and podcasts exploring contemporary and classic questions related to federalism. It includes material created by the Center for the Study of Federalism, as well as carefully curated information from prominent writers on federalism.

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Federalism Digests

Policy Diffusion among the U.S. States (May 2024)

The states are policy innovators, developing new solutions to many of the most pressing issues facing the country.

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Federalism and Centrism in the Nigerian Academy

John Boye Ejobowah addresses what he describes as crises in the Nigerian academy related to federalism and centrism. Read more here.

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Should Interstate Commerce of Cannabis Be Restricted?

A group of scholars contend that Congress should not, as advocated in another article, suspend the Dormant Commerce Clause and allow individual states to…

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A Federal Union and the Working Class

Or Rosenboim traces how some proponents of what would become the European Union hoped that such a structure could improve the economic condition of European…

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India’s Election and Federalism

In the wake of the recent election in India, Louise Tillin writes that "the return of coalition politics in India will bring questions of federalism…

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Federalism and Executive Overreach

Ilya Somin writes that federalism, in the form of "sanctuary policies," offers a way for states and localities to resist federal executive overreach. Read…

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Roadway Safety Grants Issued

Jared Brey reports that the federal government, through the Safe Streets for All program, has issued ninety-nine grants for improving local roadway safety projects.…

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Trump v. Anderson and State Immigration Enforcement

Nikhel Sus contends that the federalism principles behind the recent Trump v. Anderson U.S. Supreme Court decision, which barred states from removing former president Donald Trump…

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Federalism and Canada’s Implementation of the CRPD

Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry examines the implementation of the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Canadian legal system in light of…

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UK Devolution and Economic Performance

Esmond Birnie reviews how devolution has affected the United Kingdom economically. Read more here.

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Quebec Sovereignty and Identity, Culture, and Language

Charles Breton and Andrew Parkin explore the roles that identity, culture, and language play in support for sovereignty among the people of Quebec. Read…

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Federalism and India’s Caste System

Shaoni Chakraborty considers the impact of federalism on India's traditional caste system. Read more here.

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Call for Worker Protections by the States Rather than Federal Government

A Note in the Harvard Law Review examines the status of workers' rights and criticizes the slow pace of investigation and adjudication typical in federal agencies…

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What is the purpose of the Center for the Study of Federalism (CSF)?

The Center for the Study of Federalism (CSF) is a nonpartisan, interdisciplinary research and education institution dedicated to supporting and advancing scholarship and public understanding of federal theories, principles, institutions, and processes as practical means of organizing power in free societies.

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All of the CSF Fellows hold advanced degrees, are affiliated with academic institutions, and are scholarly experts in their fields. For more on each Fellow see CSF Fellows.

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Federalism Matters Podcast

Federalism is American government’s best kept secret. Its influence is pervasive and profound. Though not mentioned in the Constitution, federalism’s meaning and application have been at the center of disputes from 1776 to the Civil War to our current culture wars. We are scholars who focus on federalism, and through this podcast, we explore how federalism, from practice to theory, shapes our politics, policies, culture, society, and daily life.

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The Federalism Minute

Federalism’s influence on American government, culture and society is pervasive and profound, yet often unexplored. This short podcast examines single, practical topics to show how federalism’s influence is real and relevant in average citizens’ daily lives.

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