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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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Federalism and Social Program Funding in India

In this op-ed, Yamini Aiyar writes that Indian states have called for more budget flexibility from the central government over social programs. Aiyar contends…

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Passing of Michael Burgess

Michael Burgess, who was Professor of Federal Studies and Director of the former Centre for Federal Studies at the University of Kent (2005-2014), passed…

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Community Health Centers Face Closure

Many community health centers created by the Affordable Care Act face an uncertain future as Congress delays funding for the clinics. Some states plan…

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Maryland Joins Plans to Sue Over SALT Change

Maryland plans to join New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut in suing the federal government over the recently enacted cap of the state and…

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Localities to Provide Transportation Infrastructure

Adie Tomer and Joseph Kane write that the nation is moving into an era of bottom-up funding for transportation infrastructure. They examine how federal…

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American Federalism

Kincaid Guest Edits Special Issue of SLGR

John Kincaid has guest edited a special issue of the State and Local Government Review 49:3 (2017) entitled “The Shifting Sands of American IGR…

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Is a National Sales Tax the Answer to Online Sales?

David Post writes that if the Supreme Court reverses earlier precedent rejecting state taxes on Internet sales, the ruling would have a "truly prodigious…

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The Impact of the Clarity Act in Spain

Francisco Javier Romero Caro examines why Canada's Clarity Act has exerted a strong influence on separatist movements in Spain, including how it has affected…

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American Federalism

Federalism 3.0

Heather Gerken proposes a federalism research agenda for the twenty-first century. According to Gerken, the legacies of the New Deal and the civil rights…

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Water Affordability: An Intergovernmental Challenge

Joseph Kane contends that the United States is facing a water infrastructure crisis that has resulted in sharply rising water costs. He writes that…

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Local Coordination Across Canada-U.S. Border

Pursuant to a grant from CSF Associates: Publius, Eric S. Zeemering has published “Comparing Governance and Local Engagement in the St. Marys River Area…

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Justice Department Pulls Proposed Internet Accessibility Requirements

In 2010, the Department of Justice published several Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) documents that would have required state and local governments to…

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What Is Puerto Rico’s Constitutional Status?

A group of scholars write that Puerto Rico continues to undergo a crisis of constitutional identity stemming from increasing control of the territory by…

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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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