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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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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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UK Devolution and Healthcare

A group of scholars have studied how devolution has affected the Greater Manchester health system in England. Read more here.

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Welsh Devolution and Changes to Welsh Parliament

The Parliament of Wales has voted to increase its membership from 60 to 96, in part to "future proof" Welsh devolution, in the words…

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Tribal Sovereignty and “Trilateral Federalism”

Alexandra Fay examines how tribal criminal jurisdiction and sovereignty were affected by the 2022 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and the U.S.…

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The Proposed Federal Rescheduling of Cannabis and Legalization in the States

In an op-ed, Maia Szalavitz notes that the Biden administration has moved to downgrade marijuana from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule III…

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Ukraine and Foreign Affairs Federalism

Julia Spiegel considers what state and local reactions to the Russian invasion of Ukraine suggest about foreign affairs federalism. Read more here. 

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Senators Attempt to Restrict Use of  Pandemic Relief Aid 

The U.S. Senate has narrowly rejected a measure seeking to block states from spending some federal pandemic relief aid. Read more here.

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A Growing Role for States in Wetland Protections?

Kristiane Huber and Jazmin Dagostino explore how states' roles in protecting wetlands could change following the curtailing of federal authority announced by the 2023 U.S.…

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Waning Support for the SNP, but Strong Support for Independence?

Neal Ascherson writes that although the pro-independence Scottish National Party has struggled of late, support for Scottish independence remains strong. Read more here.

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Review of “The Interbellum Constitution”

Annette Gordon-Reed has reviewed Alison LaCroix's recent book, The Interbellum Constitution: Union, Commerce, and Slavery in the Age of Federalisms. Read more here.   

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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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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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