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Updated March 10, 2017

Internet Links for Chapter 4: Federalism

Chapter 4 deals with federalism, which refers to the division of power between a central government and regional governments. Some citizens rage against the "government in Washington" and demand that states reclaim power given to the national government. This chapter covers that contentious debate. One set of links refer to the U.S. experience and also take you abroad to see that debates over federalism occur in other countries. The other set links to sites about state and local politics.

Federalism in the Constitution
This link back to "The U.S. Constitution Online" takes you directly to material dealing with federalism.
Federalism, State Sovereignty, and the Constitution
Takes you to a 2005 Congressional Research Service Report, "Federalism, State Sovereignty and the Constitution: Basis and Limits of Congressional Power." It reviews Supreme Court decisions that have addressed this topic.
The Future of the European Union
The formation of the European Union represents a contemporary attempt to create a weak federal form of government. Thomas Ash, a British political commentator, says: "This is an early essay of mine, written some time before the collapse of the proposed EU constitution in 2005. The optimism about federalism with which it concludes was perhaps misplaced." Britain's vote in 2016 to leave the EU underscores his caution.
Federal Union
"Federal Union was founded in 1938 to campaign for federalism for the UK, Europe and the world. It has argued since then that democracy and the rule of law should apply between states as well as within them." This source is decidedly pro-federalism.
State Politics
The Council of State Governments Home Page
"The Council of State Governments is our nation's only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships."
National Conference of State Legislatures
"The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories."
Census of Federal, State, and Local Government
"Information from the Census of Governments (Federal, State, and Local) focused on government organization, public employment, and government finances."
US State/Local Gateway
U.S. Government resources for state and local government employees.
State and Local Governments: Library of Congress Resource page
Guide to every state and to state and local government information in general.
State Net 
Lexis/Nexis Information and Intelligence on the 50 States & Congress
National Association of Counties
NACo is the only national organization representing county government. Driven by a strong membership, NACo's Board of Directors represents counties across America.
U.S. Census: State and Local Government Finances
Statistics on revenue, expenditure, debt, and assets (cash and security holdings) for governments. There are statistics for the 50 state areas and the District of Columbia, as well as a national summary.
Governing: The Magazine of States and Localities
Purports to "connect America's leaders" in government.
Initiative and Referendum Institute 
Comprehensive source of information on initiatives and referenda in American states.
Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Center on all 50 States. Since 1999, it has reported and analyzed trends in state policy.