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European Union Responds to Polish Judiciary Changes

The European Union launched an unprecedented disciplinary action against Poland this week in response to the government's moves to assert more control over the…

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American Federalism

Judicial Review as a Threat to Federalism

Jonathan F. Mitchell asserts that judicial review in the United States threatens federalism because it allows the Supreme Court, by simple majority vote, to…

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Fiscal Federalism Takes Shape in Nepal

The recent referendums in Nepal set the nation on a path toward a federal form of governance. In this op-ed, the writer argues that…

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Challenges to Philippine Federalism

Michael Henry Yusingco writes that the "imperial character of Metro Manila" reflects the over-centralized nature of the Philippine government. Yusingco argues that an essential goal…

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“Fledgling” Federalism in Nigeria

In this op-ed, the writer asserts that Nigerian federalism remains in a "fledgling" state because the federalist structure was forced on the nation. The…

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American Federalism

California Bans Certain Foods, Sparks Constitutional Challenges

In the last decade, California has banned the sale of certain foods made from animals. Eaters and farmers have launched constitutional challenges to these…

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American Federalism

States Would Gain Revenue from Remote Sales

In a recent report, the General Accounting Office studied "remote sales" -- typically, sales made by Internet retailers. Under current law, states cannot require…

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Catalonia Votes Again

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain took control of Catalonia after the region declared independence two months ago. The central government has set elections…

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American Federalism

States Freeze CHIP Enrollment

States across the country are halting enrollment in the Children's Health Insurance Program. CHIP funding lapsed at the end of September, and redistributed funds…

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The New Tax Bill and State and Local Debt

Liz Farmer writes that the new tax bill will likely increase the debt load of states and localities. The proposed lower corporate tax rate,…

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American Federalism

Challenges in Crafting State and Local Environmental Laws

Cary Coglianese and Shana Starobin write that state and local governments must be mindful of potential federal statutory and constitutional hurdles before enacting environmentally…

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American Federalism

Evolving Views of Politics and American Federalism

In this article, Timothy J. Conlan synthesizes research on the changing relationship between American federalism and the U.S. political system. He examines how three…

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American Federalism

Supreme Court Roundup

The National Conference of State Legislatures has an article summarizing a group of pending U.S. Supreme Court cases that are expected to have a variety of…

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