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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 Event in Milan, March 9-11, 2018

The Union of European Federalists has announced  "Federalism: National, European, and Global Perspectives." Event details are available here.

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American Federalism

CHIP and Government Shutdown Talks

In this news analysis, Paige Winfield Cunningham explores how the Children's Health Insurance Program came to be without funding and why it became a…

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American Federalism

Supreme Court Blocks Gerrymandering Ruling

The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a lower court's ruling that North Carolina's districting map is unconstitutional on partisan gerrymandering grounds. The block makes…

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American Federalism

Communities Feel Effects of Housing Tax Credit Cutback

The new tax law has cut back sharply on housing tax credits, long a cornerstone in drawing investment to low-cost housing. States and local…

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American Federalism

Federalism Podcast from the National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center has produced a podcast with two constitutional-law scholars about federalism under President Trump. You can listen to the podcast here.

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Limits to Change in the Nature of Intergovernmental Relations

Jennifer Wallner examines the effect that differing ideas about federalism can have on intergovernmental relations. She asserts that a variety of factors, such as…

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Seeking Clarity in Federalism’s Terminology

Michael Burgess explores the meaning of the terms federalism, federation, devolution, and federal devolution with an eye toward clarifying distinctions among them as well…

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American Federalism

The Growth of Federal Grants to the States

As part of its Fiscal Federalism Initiative, the Pew Charitable Trusts has published a report examining the growth of federal grants to the states…

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Cross-Learning Among States and Universal Health Coverage in India

Owen Smith and Sheena Chhabra write that states in India account for about two thirds of the country's total health spending and that the…

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American Federalism

States Sue FCC over Net Neutrality Decision

Twenty-one states, the District of Columbia, and several public interest groups have filed the first major lawsuits to block the repeal of the Federal…

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Podcasts

We the People Podcast: Federalism Under President Trump

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American Federalism

State Preemption Curtailing Local Policy Innovation

In this op-ed, Michael Abels writes that many policy initiatives historically developed at the federal and state level have shifted to the cities. He…

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American Federalism

Despite NAFTA Uncertainty, New England and Canada Talk

President Trump has promised voters that his administration will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement in ways more favorable to the United States.…

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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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