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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

Assessing Student Performance Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act grants states more authority over their accountability systems than the No Child Left Behind Act did. A report…

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American Federalism

The Progressive Argument for Federalism

This essay argues that ideological divisions have increasingly constricted the federal government's ability to address critical areas such as education, climate change, and health insurance. A…

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American Federalism

A Guide to the Legislative History of the Fourteenth Amendment

Judges and scholars have long turned to legislative history to better understand the Fourteenth Amendment. But the committee records, floor statements, and other documents…

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American Federalism

Federal Police Reform Efforts and State Labor Law

The U.S. Department of Justice routinely investigates and attempts to reform the practices of local police departments. This typically involves recommending ways to revise a…

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Books

New Book About Federalism in Kenya

Robert M. Maxon has published Majimbo in Kenya’s Past: Federalism in the 1940s and 1950s. (Amherst, NY: Cambria, 2017). The book examines the federalism aspirations…

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American Federalism

White House Backs Medicaid Work Requirements

The Trump administration has told state health officials that the federal government will become receptive to work requirements as part of a conservative effort…

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Podcasts

Federalism & Separation of Powers: Is Everyone Now for Federalism?

The Federalist Society, 16 November 2017

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Podcasts

Hamilton’s Vision of Federalism, National Authority, and Judicial Review

National Constitution Center, 16 November 2017

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American Federalism

Cooperative Federalism and the Clean Power Plan

A new article explores the role that cooperative federalism has played in achieving the goals of the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan. The article…

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New Book About Intergovernmental Management

Robert Agranoff has authored Crossing Boundaries for Intergovernmental Management (Georgetown University Press 2017). The book offers a broad view of managing the often complex…

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News

New Edition of Book on Federalism in the United States

In a recently released second edition of Federalism and the Making of America (Routledge 2018), David Brian Robertson explores the role that federalism continues…

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News

CSF Fellow on Redistricting Panel

CSF Fellow Wesley Leckrone will be participating in "Drawing Districts: State and Federal Law Issues in Gerrymandering Litigation" at Widener University Commonwealth Law School. Leckrone…

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News

Trump’s States Need NAFTA

Many red states that supported Donald Trump depend heavily on exports to Mexico. For example, Mexico is Kansas’s largest export market and Missouri’s second-largest…

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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.

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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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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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