The Federalism Project
Publications Events

The AEI Federalism Project conducts and sponsors original research on American federalism, with particular emphasis on federal and state business regulation, legal developments and the role of the courts, and the prospects for rehabilitating a constitutional federalism that puts states in competition for productive citizens and businesses. Through its AG Watch, the Federalism Project monitors and comments on the increasingly active role of state attorneys general.

The AEI Federalism Project disseminates its research results and opinions through frequent conferences and other public events; through the Federalism Outlook, a newsletter written by the Project’s Director, Michael S Greve; through its website; and through books and publications in scholarly journals.

AEI Federalism Project — Boston College Partnership

With the generous assistance of the NRI, the Boston College Political Science Department and AEI's Federalism Project conduct workshops on the topic of federalism. We conducted the first series in the 2004 Spring Semester; the second series of 5-6 events will take place in the 2005 Fall Semester. Shep Melnick and Marc Landy (Boston College) direct the project in cooperation with Michael Greve (AEI).

The purpose of the Roundtables is twofold. First, we hope to stimulate increased academic interest in federalism in its constitutional, political, and economic dimensions. (In particular, we believe that a better understanding of the constitutional structure should inform the academic and policy debates.) Second, we view the workshops as an opportunity to establish connections among federalism experts across disciplines-economics, law, and political science. The participants' different backgrounds provide presenters and attendees with new insights about their work, future contacts, and unexplored resources. In addition, the workshops

  • Provide scholars with access to a politically influential audience in Washington, DC;
  • Provide scholars with opportunities to discuss work in progress;
  • Provide opportunities for AEI publication and/or website posting;
  • Provide a forum for graduate students doing work in federalism areas.

Workshop Presentations/Papers

December 20, 2006Constitutional Inversion: The Strange History of American Federalism
Michael S. Greve
March 2006Who Pays the Price?: The Impact of State Sovereign Immunitypdf
Christopher Shortell, Presenter (Do Not Cite Without Permission of Author)
February 2006There Will Always Be a New Federalism
Professor Richard Nathan, Presenter (DO NOT CITE WITHOUT PERMISSION OF AUTHOR)
January 2006Commandeering versus Preemption: A Federalism Perspective (DO NOT CITE WITHOUT PERMISSION OF AUTHOR)pdf
Professor Neil Siegel, Presenter; Professor Jonathan Adler, Discussant
November 2005Sabri, Lane, and Raich: The Progressive Limits on the Rehnquist Court's Federalism Revival
Professor Eric Claeys, Presenter; Professor Robert Nagel, Discussant (Do Not Cite Without Permission from Author)
September 2005Madison with a Minus Sign: The Political Economy of "Our Federalism" (Do Not Cite or Quote without Author's Permission)pdf
Michael S. Greve, Presenter; Robert Gasaway, Discussant
May 2004Intergovernmental Political Competition in American Federalismpdf
Craig Volden
April 2004Preemption in the Rehnquist Courtpdf
Michael S Greve
March 2004Antebellum Reformers and the Creation of Moral Federalismpdf
Kim Hendrickson
February 2004Deregulating the States: Federalism in the Rehnquist Courtpdf
R. Shep Melnick
January 2004On the Migration of Fiscal Sovereigntypdf
Jonathan Rodden

Course Syllabi

As part of the AEI/BC collaboration, Michael Greve is a guest instructor in the Boston College Politicial Science Department.

Litigation as Political Strategy

Fall 2005

American Federalism: Politics and Political Economy

Spring 2004, syllabus