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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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Ukraine and Foreign Affairs Federalism

Julia Spiegel considers what state and local reactions to the Russian invasion of Ukraine suggest about foreign affairs federalism. Read more here. 

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Senators Attempt to Restrict Use of  Pandemic Relief Aid 

The U.S. Senate has narrowly rejected a measure seeking to block states from spending some federal pandemic relief aid. Read more here.

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A Growing Role for States in Wetland Protections?

Kristiane Huber and Jazmin Dagostino explore how states' roles in protecting wetlands could change following the curtailing of federal authority announced by the 2023 U.S.…

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Waning Support for the SNP, but Strong Support for Independence?

Neal Ascherson writes that although the pro-independence Scottish National Party has struggled of late, support for Scottish independence remains strong. Read more here.

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Review of “The Interbellum Constitution”

Annette Gordon-Reed has reviewed Alison LaCroix's recent book, The Interbellum Constitution: Union, Commerce, and Slavery in the Age of Federalisms. Read more here.   

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Canadian Federalism and Alberta’s Sovereignty Act

Barry Cooper considers Alberta's widely criticized Sovereignty Act in the broader context of the Canadian federalism experience. Cooper contends that "the political distance dividing…

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Call for Cooperative, Rather Than Confrontational, Federalism

In an op-ed, Kevin Lynch and Paul Deegan write that "federalism works best when it’s based on shared economic and social visions of the future"…

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Drop in Federal Funding Worries State and Local Victim-Assistance Providers

Recent decreases in federal funding for state and local entities that offer victim services has prompted demands for increased -- and more consistent -- funding from…

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Report on Nepal’s Fiscal Federalism

The World Bank's most recent report on fiscal federalism in Nepal calls for further reforms to help subnational governments better carry out their responsibilities.…

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Democratic Federalism and the U.S. Supreme Court

Carolyn Shapiro explores democracy and federalism, particularly, in her words, the U.S. Supreme Court's "failure to protect democracy." Read more here.

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Federalism and Healthcare in Italy and Canada

Franca Maino and Antonia Maioni examine the relationship between federalism, decentralization, and health reform in Italy and Canada. Read more here.

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“Ghostwriting” Federalism

Adam S. Zimmerman describes how federal agencies shape state legislation and policy development, a process he refers to as "ghostwriting federalism." Read more here.

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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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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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