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.


Federalist Outlook

Articles — Magazines, Newspapers, etc.

Law Review Articles

Working Papers

Speeches & Testimony



The Federalist Outlook, by Michael Greve

Does the Court Mean Business?

#26 · September 19, 2007

Federal Preemption: Principles and Politics

#25 · June 4, 2007

Interstate Comity

#24 · March 29, 2007 view pdf

How to Think About Constitutional Change Part 2: Originalism, Pragmatism, and the Constitution

#23 · August 2005 view pdf

How to Think about Constitutional Change Part 1: The Progressive Vision

#23 · June 2005 view pdf

Liability Reform: Carpe Diem

#22 · December 2004 view pdf

The Justices at Home Abroad

#21 · August 2004 view pdf

Same-sex Marriage: Commit It to the States

#20 · March 2004 view pdf

Subprime, but Not Half-Bad: Mortgage Regulation as a Case Study In Preemption

#19 · September/October 2003 view pdf

The Term the Constitution Died

#18 · July/August 2003 view pdf

Washington and the States: Segregation Now

#17 · May 2003 view pdf

Choice and the Constitution

#16 · March 2003 view pdf

Commerce and the Constitution

#15 · December 2002 view pdf

States' Rights on Steroids

#14 · September/October 2002 view pdf

The Supreme Court Term That Was and the One That Will Be

#13 · July/August 2002 view pdf

Free Eliot Spitzer!

#12 · May/June 2002 view pdf

Compacts and Collusion

#11 · April 2002 view pdf

New Insights from the Old Continent

#10 · January/February 2002 view pdf

National Power, Post-9/11

#9 · November 2001 view pdf

E-Taxes: Between Cartel and Competition

#8 · September 2001 view pdf

Federalism, Yes. Activism, No.

#7 · July 2001 view pdf

Laboraties of Democracy: Anatomy of a Metaphor

#6 · May 2001 view pdf

Big Government Federalism

#5 · March 2001 view pdf

Federalism After the Election

#4 · December 2000 view pdf

Cooperation Does Not Work

#3 · September 2000 view pdf

The Supreme Court's Federalism

#2 · August 2000 view pdf

The AEI Federalism Project

#1 · July 2000 view pdf



Judges, Congress and the Salary Link

Stephen Barr, (April 25, 2007)

How to Pay the Piper: It's Time to Call Different Tunes for Congressional and Judicial Salaries

Russell R. Wheeler and Michael S. Greve, The Brookings Institution (April 2007)

Germany's Bad Example for Iraq

Michael S. Greve, Wall Street Journal (October 3, 2005)

The German Problem

Michael S. Greve, The Weekly Standard (September 26, 2005)

Liberals in Exile

Michael S Greve, Legal Times (May 2, 2005)

Three-Piece Suits and Black Robes

Michael S. Greve, National Review (February 4, 2005)

Bush and the Cities

Kim Hendrickson, Policy Review (August 1, 2004)

When States Screech, Don't Listen

Michael S. Greve, National Review (January 23, 2004)

Viewing the Bench: Constitutional principle for conservatives

Michael S Greve, National Review Online (June 6, 2003)

Federalism on the Bench: Will the revival of federalism survive the war against terrorism?

Michael S Greve, The Weekly Standard (December 3, 2001)


Law Review Articles

Preemption in the Rehnquist Court: A Preliminary Empirical Assessment, 14 Sup. Ct. Econ. Rev. 43 (2006).

Federal Preemption: James Madison, Call Your Office 33 Pepp. L. Rev. 77 (2005).

Cartel Federalism? Antitrust Enforcement by State Attorneys General, 72 U. Chi. L. Rev. 99 (2005).

Consumer Law, Class Actions, and the Common Law, 7 Chap. L. Rev. 155 (2004).

Compacts, Cartels, and Congressional Consent, 68 Mo. L. Rev. 285 (2003).

Business, the States, and Federalism's Political Economy, 25 Harv. L. Rev. 895 (2002).

Against Cooperative Federalism, 70 Miss. L.J. 557 (2002).

Federalism's Frontier, 7 Tex. L. Rev. 93 (2002).

Friends of the Earth, Foes of Federalism, 11/12 Duke Envtl. L. & Pol'y F. 167 (2001).

Federalism Values and Foreign Relations, 2 Chi. J. Int'l L. 355 (2001).

Federalism and Judicial Mandates, 28 Ariz. St. L.J. 112 (1996).


Working Papers

Government by Indictment: Attorneys General and Their False Federalism

Michael S Greve (May 24, 2005) view pdf

Preemption in the Rehnquist Court: A Preliminary Empirical Assessment

Michael S Greve (November 17, 2004) view pdf

What Goes Up May Not Go Down: State Medicaid Decisions in Times of Plenty

Michael S Greve, Jinney Smith (May 5, 2003) view pdf


Speeches and Testimony by Michael Greve

Testimony on Consent Decree Fairness Act

Senate Judiciary Committee July 19, 2005

Madisonianism With a Minus Sign: "Our Federalism" and the Constitutionpdf

February 2004

Our Parallel Government, or Why the Litigation Industry Will Beat All Others

June 28, 2002


Federalism Project Books

Federal Preemption

Richard A. Epstein & Michael S. Greve, eds. (May 2007)

Competition Laws In Conflict: Antitrust Jurisdiction in the Global Economy

Richard A. Epstein & Michael S Greve, eds. (May 2004)

Sell Globally, Tax Locally: Sales Tax Reform for the New Economy

Michael S Greve (October 2003)

Real Federalism: Why It Matters, How It Could Happen

Michael S Greve (March 1999)


AEI Books on Federalism

Antitrust Consent Decrees in Theory and Practice

Richard A. Epstein (February 16, 2007)

The Advantage of Competitive Federalism for Securities Regulation

Roberta Romano (December 2002)

Using Federalism to Improve Environmental Policy

Henry N. Butler & Jonathan R. Macey (July 1996)

The Demise of Environmentalism in American Law

Michael S Greve (April 1996)

The Corporation and the Constitution

Henry N. Butler & Larry E. Ribstein (February 1995)

The Genius of American Corporate Law

Roberta Romano (December 1993)

Product-Risk Labeling: A Federal Responsibility

W. Kip Viscusi (October 1993)

Costly Policies: State Regulation and Antitrust Exemption in Insurance Markets

Jonathan R. Macey & Jeffrey P. Miller (September 1993)

State and Federal Regulation of National Advertising

J. Howard Beales & Timothy J. Muris (February 1993)

Federalism in Taxation: The Case for Greater Uniformity

Daniel Shaviro (February 1993)

How Federal is the Constitution?

Robert A. Goldwin & William A. Schambra, eds. (February 1986)