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Federal State Relations Links 

50 Shades of Federalism

"The 50 Shades of Federalism is a project established in October 2017 at Canterbury Christ Church University by Drs Paul Anderson and Soeren Keil to help inform debate about many issues related to the topic of ‘federalism’. It is a partnership between the Politics and International Relations programme at Canterbury Christ Church University and the Canada Research Chair in Quebec and Canadian Studies (CREQC)  at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)... the central aim of this project is to provide succinct, easy accessible, high quality research articles free of charge. The research articles will feature discussions on a number of abstract and historical issues, as well as illuminate some of the contemporary dynamics in debates on federalism."

American Legislative Exchange Council

"The American Legislative Exchange Council is America’s largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state legislators dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets and federalism. Comprised of nearly one-quarter of the country’s state legislators and stakeholders from across the policy spectrum, ALEC members represent more than 60 million Americans and provide jobs to more than 30 million people in the United States."

Center for the Study of Federalism

"The Center for the Study of Federalism 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."

International Association of Centers for Federal Studies

"The International Association of Centers for Federal Studies (IACFS) is an interdisciplinary association of Centers and Institutes throughout the world with interests in independent research and publication about political, constitutional, legal, administrative, fiscal, economic, historical and philosophical issues relevant to political systems which have federal features."

Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Center

"The Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government educates students about the importance of state and local governments and encourages them to participate in state and local affairs as volunteers, interns, and future leaders."

Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations

The U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR) was an independent, bipartisan agency formed "to study and consider the federal government's intergovernmental relationships." From 1959-1996 it created a wealth of reports and data detailing myriad facets of the relationships between the federal, state and local governments. When the program was terminated in 1996, ACIRs website content was archived and can be accessed today at

Avalon Yale Project

"Digital historical documents relevant to the fields of law, economics, politics, diplomacy and government on the World Wide Web. Currently contains, among other things, The debates in the Federal Convention of 1787, reported by James Madison, materials relating to the Nuremberg trials, works by Thomas Jefferson, and materials relating to diplomatic relations between the United States and Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries."

Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance

"RC28 facilitates the pursuit of political science research and scholarship on federalism and multilevel governance from a global comparative perspective.

This includes the conceptual, theoretical, and empirical analysis of the origins, operations, and consequences of federal and quasi-federal structures of government, from both a positive and a normative approach.

Topics of particular interest to RC28 include constitutional and institutional arrangements; political behaviour, policy-making, and intergovernmental and fiscal relations; and territorially-based cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and religious diversity."

NCSL Podcast

"Listen to our archives of compelling conversations that tell the story of America’s state legislatures, the people in them, the politics that compel them, and the important work of democracy."

Rockefeller Institute of Government

"The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government is a public policy think tank founded in 1981 that conducts cutting-edge research and analysis to inform lasting solutions to the problems facing New York State and the nation.

The Institute’s mission is to improve the capacities of communities, state and local governments, and the federal system to work toward genuine, evidence-based solutions.

Through rigorous, objective, and accessible analysis and outreach, we give citizens and governments reliable facts and tools to understand public problems and inform public decisions."