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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.

Federalism and Criminal Law

POSTED | Mar 12, 2020

Joshua M. Divine writes that in most areas of the law, federal and state law influence each other in a sort of "dynamic incorporation." In this...More

Can Exit Strategies and Integration Both Support the EU?

POSTED | Mar 12, 2020

Kai Gehring contends that both exit strategies and integration can be sources of support for the European Union. Read more here.

Arguments in Canadian Greenhouse Gases Law Previewed

POSTED | Mar 11, 2020

Ted Brook previews the arguments in the upcoming Supreme Court case about the new national greenhouse gases law that has sparked legal challenges by several...More

Competitive and Cooperative Federalism in India

POSTED | Mar 11, 2020

Soumya Bhowmick explores whether competitive federalism and cooperative federalism can function as complementary ideas. Read more here.

The EPA, the States, and PFAS

POSTED | Mar 10, 2020

In a blog post, Seth Jaffe examines the Environmental Protection Agency's approach to regulating perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) in water. He observes that a number...More

Look to State and Local Governments for Bulk of Disease Response?

POSTED | Mar 10, 2020

In an op-ed, Patrick S. Roberts suggests that although how a president responds to a disease outbreak is important, it is state and local governments...More

Trump Administration to Withhold Funding from Sanctuary Jurisdictions

POSTED | Mar 09, 2020

President Trump has announced that, in the wake of a recent federal appeals court decision in the administration's favor, the federal government will begin withholding...More

Recent Sanctuary-Jurisdiction Ruling Criticized

POSTED | Mar 09, 2020

Ilya Somin criticizes a "surprising decision" by a federal appeals court that allows the Trump administration to impose immigration-enforcement conditions on federal grants to states....More

Hemp Growers Caught Between Federal, State Laws

POSTED | Mar 06, 2020

Looser federal regulation of hemp has led many farmers to grow the crop. But some have encountered difficulty in transporting hemp through states that have...More

Federalism and Qualified Immunity

POSTED | Mar 06, 2020

Aaron Nielson and Christopher J. Walker contend that qualified immunity's defenders and critics have both failed to consider the federalism dimensions of this type of...More

Differing Federal-State Cannabis Policies Lead to Challenges for the IRS

POSTED | Mar 06, 2020

Divergent federal and state marijuana policies have led to many cash-only businesses, a situation that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says has sparked concerns at the...More

Canadian Supreme Court to Review Carbon-Pricing Plan

POSTED | Mar 05, 2020

Justin Ling writes that the Supreme Court "will have its work cut out for it" in reviewing the constitutionality of the nation's carbon-pricing plan. Read...More

Book Calls for Revised Federalism

POSTED | Mar 05, 2020

Donald F. Kettl has authored The Divided States of America: Why Federalism Doesn't Work (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton Univ. Press, 2020). Kettl writes that although federalism was an...More

Federalism, Health Policy, and the ACA

POSTED | Mar 04, 2020

Michael S. Sparer considers this year's upcoming health-policy debates through the lens of the Affordable Care Act and the interplay between the federal government and...More

Budgetary Federalism Urged for EU Negotiations

POSTED | Mar 04, 2020

Théo Boucart writes that budgetary federalism can provide a way for the European Union to move forward through fraught budget negotiations. Read more here.