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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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A Call for Federalism in Wales

Dai Morgan writes that federalism should remain a viable option for Wales and that the region should gain more control over public spending and…

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How Have State Reforms Affected America’s Pandemic Preparedness?

A group of scholars contend that state legal reforms in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic have weakened the nation's ability to combat future pandemics.…

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Cannabis and the Second Amendment

Robert L. Greenberg explores whether individuals who use cannabis legally under state law can be stripped of their Second Amendment rights under federal law.…

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Federalism and Language

Sean Mueller and Pirmin Bundi consider how language is associated with different political attitudes in federal nations. Read more here.

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NCSL Podcast on Federalism

The National Conference of State Legislature's "Our American States" podcast series recently released an episode titled "Exploring Federalism." You can listen to the podcast…

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Book on Progressive Federalism

Sean Beienburg has written Progressive States' Rights: The Forgotten History of Federalism (Lawrence, KS: Univ. Press of Kansas, 2024). Beienburg contends that, in the years before…

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Does India “Need More Federalism”?

In an op-ed, Mohamed Zeeshan argues that a nation as vast and diverse as India should avoid moves toward centralization, which he contends would…

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Should Federal Funding Go Directly to Counties Rather than Through the States?

The National Association of Counties is pressing for more direct funding from the federal government. According to the organization's president, when funding "comes through…

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States Expand Medicaid’s Role Beyond Medical Coverage

Amy Goldstein reports that a growing number of states are broadening Medicaid's coverage to include social services such as helping with housing and providing…

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Utah Enacts Law Allowing It to Ignore Federal Directives

Utah governor Spencer Cox has signed into law a bill that purports to give the state the option of ignoring federal directives that it…

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Oral Argument of Colorado Ruling Barring Donald Trump from the Ballot

Ilya Somin considers the implications of U.S. Supreme Court justices' focus during Trump v. Anderson on whether the states have the power to enforce the insurrection clause…

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Book on Indigenous Peoples and Canadian Federalism

Amy Swiffen and Joshua Nichols have edited Indigenous Peoples and the Future of Federalism (Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press, 2024). The book offers legal analyses that explore forms…

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American Federalism and the Law of Nations

Ryan C. Willilams writes that the "novel, compounded structure of the government established by the federal Constitution" reflects both national and purely federal systems…

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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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