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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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Has Federalism Become too Risky for Nepal?

Hari Prasad Shrestha argues that federalism has become too risky for Nepalese democracy. Read more here.

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Federalism and Early Views of Constitutionalism

Jud Campbell describes four founding-era views about the nature of Union and the implications of those views. He notes that before Reconstruction, Americans considered more…

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Federalism and the Treaty Power

Todd Warshawsky offers "a federalism approach to what is ultimately a federalism dilemma" in understanding the power that states have in affecting the treaty…

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Conflict Between State Abortion Law and Federal Legislation Heard by Supreme Court

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments related to whether Idaho's near-total ban on abortion conflicts with a federal law designed to ensure…

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New Guide to Local Governments in Federal Systems

The Forum of Federations has recently published The Forum of Federations Handbook on Local Government in Federal Systems. Read more here.

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Provincial “Bottlenecks” in Nepal?

A recent editorial in The Kathmandu Post contends that although "Nepal's adoption of federalism was never a wrong move," its implementation has led to "bottlenecks" at…

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Federal Funding, States, and Broadband Expansion

Jake Varn with the Pew Charitable Trusts reports on how states are faring in using federal funds for broadband expansion. Read more here.

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Taxation and “The Federalist”

Hans Gribnau and Jane Frecknall Hughes explore the taxation debates contained within The Federalist. The writers note that "particularly contentious was the relationship between state tax…

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Devolution in Pakistan

Fatima Idrees traces how the process of devolution has occurred in Pakistan. Read more here.

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Canada’s Notwithstanding Clause and Federalism

Carissima Mathen examines how the Notwithstanding Clause of the Canadian Constitution affects federalism. Read more here.

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Federalism and African Self-Determination

Writing in an op-ed that "federalism is as African as Baobab trees and the Big Five," Zakhele Mthembu contends that federalism is a bedrock…

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Tribal Nations and Article IV

Grant Christensen considers whether Article IV of the Constitution, which requires that states respect other states' sovereignty, should require states to similarly respect the…

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Call for More Time to Use Federal Educational Funds

Narric Rome urges states and local school districts to request more time -- something the U.S. Department of Education has signaled it is open…

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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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