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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

Progressives and the Constitutional Convention Movement

In this Nation article, Richard Kreitner argues that the left should embrace the Article V constitutional convention movement just like Progressives and Populists in…

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Comparative Federalism

Federalism and Diversity-Driven Conflicts

Thomas O. Hueglin has published an Occasional Paper with the Forum of Federations entitled “Coping with Diversity: Federalism and the Return of History.” He…

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American Federalism

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and Community Health

In this op-ed, Anand Parekh and Caitlin Krutsick argue that research surrounding the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) increasingly shows links between the…

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American Federalism

The States and Offshore Wind Energy

In this article, Devashree Saha notes that Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island have released reports aimed at developing offshore wind production in the…

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American Federalism

State Governments’ Redistributive Policies Need Not Cause a Race to the Bottom

  Why do state governments' redistributionary policies not result in a race to the bottom as commonly predicted by the fiscal federalism literature? A…

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American Federalism

Local Responsibilities and the State and Local Tax Deduction

In this op-ed, Nicole Gelinas argues that Congress should not eliminate the state and local tax deduction because unlike unitary political systems, the federal…

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American Federalism

Some States Fear the Loss of the State and Local Tax Deduction

Officials in high-tax states fear that eliminating the state and local tax deduction will be stressful for their states’ budgets, depress their real estate…

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American Federalism

States Warn of Cuts to CHIP

The Children's Health Insurance Program, which has a history of bipartisan support, expired on September 30. Congress continues to debate the terms under which it will…

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American Federalism

Foreign Leaders Reach Out to U.S. States and Cities

As the Trump administration reduces staff at the State Department and leaves an unprecedented number of senior positions unfilled, some nations have increased efforts to establish direct…

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American Federalism

Prairie Dogs and Federalism

The United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, under the Endangered Species Act, may restrict the…

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American Federalism

Can the States Enforce Net Neutrality?

In 2015 the Federal Communications Commission issued its "Open Internet Order," which prevented Internet providers from blocking access to legal content, degrading Internet traffic…

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Comparative Federalism

The Catalan Crisis and Spanish Federalism

This article contends that the boundaries of Spain, like those of other European nations, have been shaped mostly by conflict and conquest rather than…

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American Federalism

Federal Government Barred from Withholding Funds from “Sanctuary City”

A federal district court has enjoined the U.S. Department of Justice from withholding grant funds from Philadelphia for not complying with so-called sanctuary-city policies.…

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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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