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Federal and State Efforts to Combat Extreme Heat

Kristiane Huber with The Pew Charitable Trusts details federal and state efforts to combat extreme heat, including federal support for states and localities. Read…

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Podcast on Federalism and Artificial Intelligence

The Lawfare Podcast interviews several scholars about the role that federalism plays in a California AI bill and AI regulation more generally. You can…

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A More Federal Structure for South Africa?

In an op-ed, Martin Van Staden writes that, now that two political parties that have previously voiced support for decentralization have risen to power…

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Abortion and a “Gospel of Federalism”?

Nicole Jakobson considers whether federalism in the United States, in the context of the right to abortion, plays a role similar to that played by…

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Federalism and the Regulation of Social Media

Alex Chemerinsky and Erwin Chemerinsky contend that if content on the Internet is to be regulated, that such regulation should come from the federal…

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A “Federalist Partnership” for Homeowners Insurance?

Girard Miller writes that with home insurance costs rising dramatically across the country due in part to climate change, "the states need to promote the…

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Federal Preemption of State Vaccination Bans

Lars Noah considers whether and to what extent the U.S. Constitution's Supremacy Clause could be used to preempt state vaccination bans. Read more here.

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Podcast: Why is redistricting so controversial?

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Federalism and Municipal Bankruptcy

John Allen Livingston writes that many scholars have criticized the U.S. Bankruptcy Code as giving too little power to bankruptcy courts in municipal bankruptcy proceedings. Livingston…

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A Federalist Approach to Vaccine Hesitancy?

Charles D. Curran suggests that the increased centralization of vaccination data during the Covid pandemic added a new dimension to vaccine hesitancy in the…

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Supreme Court Rules on State Policies and Federal Criminal Law

This week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, partly on federalism grounds, that state and local officials cannot be convicted of accepting gratuities under a…

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States’ Rights and Constitutional Change

Ethan Yan writes that states have more influence in the current political system and especially on policy change than is usually recognized. He suggests…

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Federalism and Peacebuilding in Africa

Natalia Valero writes that federalism offers a way for groups to maintain identities, cultures, and distinctiveness. She suggests that federal governance can act as…

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