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Tribal Stewardship Area Announced

Three tribal nations on the West Coast have created the Indigenous Marine Stewardship Area to offer environmental protection to a coastal region. This is…

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Discussion of Trends in Canadian Federalism

The Runnymede Society has placed a panel discussion of emerging trends in Canadian federalism online. You can listen here.

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Judicial Federalism in Multidistrict Litigation

Patrick D. Murphree contends that motions to remand filed in multidistrict cases should be decided promptly because doing so "respects a plaintiff’s right to…

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Judicial “Laboratories of Democracy”

Gerald S. Dickinson writes that current scholarship does not adequately address the significance of state courts in the idea of state "laboratories of democracy."…

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State Standing to Sue the Federal Government

In the wake of last year's United States v. Texas, Jacob Hamburger offers a framework for understanding -- in the context of immigration federalism --…

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Fraud and Federalism

Benjamin G. Smith assesses the effectiveness of the U.S. Supreme Court's decades-long effort to draw a boundary between federal and state actors in corruption…

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Covid Legislation and Australian Federalism

Guzyal Hill and John Garrick examine the effects of Covid-related legislation on Australian federalism. Read more here.

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Fiscal Decentralization and Sustainability

A group of scholars consider the "nuanced relationship" between fiscal decentralization and fiscal sustainability in 185 nations. Read more here.

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Social Security and State Fiscal Policies

Chris McIsaak suggests that, in considering Social Security's future solvency, Congress should look to the states, which McIsaak contends "can provide some lessons for…

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Time for India to Prioritize Federalism?

In an op-ed, Faizan Mustafa contends that the Indian "people have spoken" in the recent election and therefore the nation must return to "the noble ideas…

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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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