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In the interests of intellectual discourse, the Center for the Study of Federalism posts diverse viewpoints. The views we post do not necessarily represent the views of the Center.

State and Local Participation in the 2020 Census

POSTED | Feb 03, 2023

Philip Rocco analyzes the sources of variation in state and local investment in the 2020 census and why those variances occurred. Read more here.

State Sovereignty and Missouri's Second Amendment Law

POSTED | Feb 03, 2023

Evan Matthew Gelobter considers whether Missouri's "Second Amendment Preservation Act" aligns with the system of government intended by the Framers of the U.S. Constitution. Read more...More

CRS Releases Report on Federalism-Based Limits of Congress's Power

POSTED | Feb 02, 2023

The Congressional Research Service has recently updated a report on federalism-based limitations on congressional power. Read more here.

Analysis of Whether Brazil Is a Unitary or Federal Nation

POSTED | Feb 02, 2023

Julio Homem de Siqueira traces the history of the Brazilian state and contends that the nation "was never truly federalist, but unitarian." Read more here.

Is California's Electric-Car Requirement the Antithesis of Federalism?

POSTED | Feb 01, 2023

Steven G. Bradbury contends that California's requirement that all new cars in the state must be powered by electricity by 2035 "is the antithesis of...More

The Role of Treaties in Canadian Indigenous Law

POSTED | Feb 01, 2023

Gina Starblanket explores the relationship between the Canadian Constitution, treaties with indigenous peoples, and provincial authority in regard to the sale of indigenous lands. Read...More

Book on Teaching Federalism

POSTED | Jan 31, 2023

CSF Fellows John Kincaid and J. Wesley Leckrone have edited Teaching Federalism: Multidimensional Approaches (Northampton, Massachusetts: Edward Elgar, 2023). The book, part of the publisher's "Elgar Guides to...More

British Government Overrules Scotland's Parliament over Transgender Issue

POSTED | Jan 31, 2023

For the first time since England devolved some power to Scotland by allowing the region's parliament to reopen in 1998, the British government has overruled...More

Publius: The Journal of Federalism Editor Search

WESLEY LECKRONE | Jan 27, 2023

Publius: The Journal of Federalism is undertaking a search for a new editor. Find more information here.

Federal Lawsuit Challenges State Bans on Abortion Pills

POSTED | Jan 27, 2023

An abortion-pill manufacturer has filed a lawsuit in federal court arguing that state bans of the pills should be struck down because the federal Food...More

Call for Local Prosecutors to Push Back Against Federal Immigration Policies

POSTED | Jan 27, 2023

In an op-ed, George Gascón and Miriam Aroni Krinsky call for local district attorneys to "prevent their local criminal legal systems from becoming a tool to...More

Podcast About Canadian Infrastructure Funding

POSTED | Jan 26, 2023

A new episode of The Policy Options Podcast looks at how the structural characteristics of federalism affect Canada’s economic development and infrastructure. Read more here.

Second Federal Court Strikes Down ARPA Tax Cut Bar

POSTED | Jan 26, 2023

Ilya Somin explores a recent Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision declaring that states that accepted American Rescue Plan Act funds should not be...More

The Dormant Commerce Clause and Geolocation

POSTED | Jan 25, 2023

Jack Goldsmith and Eugene Volokh consider the role of geolocation when assessing whether the Dormant Commerce Clause precludes states from regulating Internet activity. Read more...More

Covid-19 Vaccination Rates and Trump Voters

POSTED | Jan 25, 2023

James W. McGuire examines the nationalization of political issues in the context of voting rates for former president Donald Trump and Covid-19 vaccine skepticism. Read...More