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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

Supreme Court to Hear Internet Sales Tax Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to reexamine earlier precedent that bars states from requiring online retailers to collect sales taxes. Read more here.

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American Federalism

Programs Remain Unfunded

More than three months have passed since Congress missed its deadline to pass a long-term spending bill. The lack of funding for the Children's…

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American Federalism

A Federalism Solution to Marijuana Conflict?

Michael Barone writes that, in light of the Justice Department's recently announced intent to allow federal prosecutions for marijuana possession, supporters of the industry…

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American Federalism

The Supreme Court and Federalism Trends

John Dinan compares U.S. Supreme Court rulings from this century with those from the late twentieth century. He asserts that the court continues to…

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American Federalism

Medicaid Work Requirements

Nathaniel Weixel writes that the Trump administration's recent decision to allow work requirements for Medicaid recipients is more popular in red than blue states,…

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The Influence of Fiscal Federalism on Canadian Policymaking

Robin Broadway and Katherine Cuff examine the role that fiscal federalism has played in the study of Canadian economics. They contend that the resulting…

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American Federalism

Trump and ACLU Need Federalism Tutoring

Reacting to the Fire and Fury book, Trump demanded changes in American libel laws to let public figures sue publishers more easily. The ACLU…

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Johannes Althusius, Natural Law, and Written Constitutions

John Witte Jr. writes that Johannes Althusius called for written constitutions that separated executive, legislative, and judicial powers and that guaranteed the natural rights and…

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American Federalism

Federal Preemption of States’ “Zero Emissions Credit” Programs

Joel B. Eisen proposes a “conscious disregard” test for resolving litigation involving the conflict between federal authority over the electric grid and state laws…

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Federalism and Same-Sex Marriage in Mexico and Argentina

Jordi Díez notes that same-sex marriage is now legal in Mexico and Argentina. But he argues that the different paths that each took to legality…

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American Federalism

Drilling Plan Sparks Bipartisan Opposition

The Trump administration's plan to open the nation's coasts to offshore drilling continues to garner opposition from both parties. Some legal experts argue that…

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150 Years of Canada’s Constitution Act

To mark the 150th anniversary of Canada's Constitution Act, Perspectives on Federalism has gathered a series of papers exploring the history and influence of…

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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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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the Center for the Study of Federalism (CSF)?

The Center for the Study of Federalism (CSF) is a nonpartisan, interdisciplinary research and education institution dedicated to supporting and advancing scholarship and public understanding of federal theories, principles, institutions, and processes as practical means of organizing power in free societies.

Who are the Fellows at the Center for the Study of Federalism?

All of the CSF Fellows hold advanced degrees, are affiliated with academic institutions, and are scholarly experts in their fields. For more on each Fellow see CSF Fellows.

What is the purpose of the CSF website?

Most political and public issues in the United States are influenced to some extent by its federal system. Yet many do not understand that system. The CSF website seeks to foster a better understanding among the general public and scholars of federal governing systems generally and, specifically, of the federal system of government in the United States of America.

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The CSF materials are free to use for educational purposes. If published, please acknowledge CSF as the source. If you intend to use these materials for profit, please, contact the Center for the Study of Federalism for permission. Some materials on the website are not owned by CSF and permission to use those materials should be sought with those holding legal title to the material.

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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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