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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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The U.S. Supreme Court, Health Law, and Federalism

Nicole Huberfield examines recent decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court that emphasize dual-sovereignty federalism and discount the ubiquity of federal/state partnerships in health law. Read…

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Democracy and Federalism

In an article on democracy and federalism, Michael Da Silva suggests that the two concepts are "importantly related and have several implications for institutional…

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“Evaporating” Rights of Biological Parents

Jeffrey A. Parness writes that, more than forty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court established that parental rights could not be terminated on less…

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Do Ethiopia’s Political Challenges Stem from Ethnic Federalism?

Tibebe Samuel Ferenji explores whether many of Ethiopia's political challenges stem from ethnic federalism or, in the writer's words, "the politics of hate." Read more…

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Constitutionality of State Borrowing Questioned

Writing that "fiscal federalism is a facet of India’s democracy," Kaleeswaram Raj questions the constitutionality of a 2018 law that purports to give the national…

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The Status of Quebec Sovereignty and Parti Québécois

Charles Breton and Andrew Parkin write that suggestions that the separatist movement in Quebec -- and its primary advocate, Parti Québécois -- can be laid to rest…

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Does a Federal Rescheduling of Cannabis Go Far Enough?

In an op-ed, Robert Gebelhoff contends that the Biden administration's plan to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule III rather than Schedule I drug will do…

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Post-Pandemic Public Transportation Challenges

Donald F. Kettl considers different ways that state and local public transportation systems are attempting to deal with the profound effects of the Covid…

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Federal Pandemic Aid and Fiscal Risks for States Explored

Kate Watkins and Laura Pontari of the Pew Charitable Trusts interview two state leaders to discuss the opportunities and challenges states face in using…

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Does “One Nation, One Election” Threaten India’s Federalism?

Priyotosh Sharma and Chandrima Dutta question whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "One Nation, One Election" plan poses risks for the nation's federalism and democracy. Read…

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Call for More Decentralization in South Africa

In an interview, David Ansara of the Free Market Foundation advocates for the decentralization of political power in South Africa. You can listen to the interview here.

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Book on Federalism Between 1815 and 1861

Alison L. LaCroix has written The Interbellum Constitution: Union, Commerce, and Slavery in the Age of Federalisms (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2024). The author contends…

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Are Federal Agencies Overreaching Through the Issuance of “Guidance”?

Tony Woodlief advises states and localities on how to avoid the "tyranny" of federal regulatory authority that, Woodlief contends, often takes the form of "guidance" from…

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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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