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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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American Federalism

Federalism and Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis

Ekangaki Tabe, Ekpebisong George Otu, and Che Lovelyne argue that federalism offers a solution to the growing "nationalist consciousness" that has led to strife…

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American Federalism

Public Banking Boosted by 2017 Elections

The election of Philip Murphy as New Jersey governor increases the possibility that the Garden State will follow North Dakota’s lead and create a…

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American Federalism

California Tries to Boost Minority Involvement in Marijuana Industry

In addition to highlighting a California policy innovation, Jason Riley compares and contrasts the approaches of the Obama and Trump administrations to state-legalized marijuana. Read…

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American Federalism

Puerto Rico Pushes for Statehood

The island’s devastation by Hurricane Maria in 2017 has led more political leaders to agitate for statehood for Puerto Rico. Leaders might use the…

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American Federalism

CMS Issues Medicaid Work-Requirement Guidance

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has sent a letter to state Medicaid directors offering guidance on requiring Medicaid recipients to work or…

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American Federalism

In Surprise Move, Florida Exempted from Offshore Drilling

The Trump administration has exempted Florida from its recent announcement that offshore oil drilling would resume all along the nation's coastlines. The unexpected change…

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American Federalism

States Push Back Against FCC’s Net-Neutrality Changes

In response to the Federal Communication Commission's recent decision to abandon net-neutrality rules, a number of states have introduced bills that would prohibit internet…

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News

Immigration and Devolution in Canada

Davide Strazzari notes that the Canadian government has devolved considerable migrant selection powers to all the provinces rather than just Quebec, as had been done previously. He writes that…

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American Federalism

Voter-Fraud Panel Needed?

In this commentary, Jason Snead expresses disappointment on the recent dissolution of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Election Integrity. Snead argues that voter fraud…

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News

Gun Rights And Federalism

In this op-ed, Allen Rostron writes that the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, currently pending in Congress, would make reciprocity a national mandate rather than…

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American Federalism

American and Canadian Sub-federal Governmental Influence on Trade Negotiations

Christopher J. Kukucha writes about how the federal systems in Canada and the United States have affected the negotiation of international trade agreements. Kukucha…

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American Federalism

Federal Court Rejects Partisan Gerrymandering

A panel of federal judges declared North Carolina’s congressional map unconstitutional because the Republican Party had drawn the map seeking a political advantage. The ruling marks…

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American Federalism

Call for CHIP Renewal

The editorial board of the New York Times is urging Congress to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program, contending that funds for the program will run out much earlier…

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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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