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.

The Courts

By constitutional design, the federal courts play a prominent role in defining federalism's contours. Through its publications and events, AEI's Federalism Project provides information and commentary on the judiciary's performance.

Supreme Court Update

Waste Not

United Haulers Association v. Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority, decided April 30, is the Supreme Court’s latest pronouncement on state and local waste management. Two New York Counties created a governmental waste management authority. Partly because the Authority provided eco-baubles from composting to recycling, tipping fees at its facilities were much higher than those at … more

The Federalist Outlook

Does the Court Mean Business?

#26 · September 19, 2007

Federal Preemption: Principles and Politics

#25 · June 4, 2007

Interstate Comity

#24 · March 29, 2007 pdf

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

#23 · August 2005 pdf

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

#23 · June 2005 pdf

Liability Reform: Carpe Diem

#22 · December 2004 pdf

The Justices at Home Abroad

#21 · August 2004 pdf

The Term the Constitution Died

#18 · July 2003 pdf

Choice and the Constitution

#16 · March 2003 pdf

Commerce and the Constitution

#15 · December 2002 pdf

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

#13 · July 2002 pdf

Compacts and Collusion

#11 · April 2002 pdf

National Power, Post-9/11

#9 · November 2001 pdf

Federalism, Yes. Activism, No.

#7 · July 2001 pdf

Laboraties of Democracy: Anatomy of a Metaphor

#6 · May 2001 pdf

The Supreme Court's Federalism

#2 · August 2000 pdf

The AEI Federalism Project

#1 · July 2000 pdf

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).

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


Working Papers

Preemption in the Rehnquist Court: A Preliminary Empirical Assessment

Michael S Greve (November 17, 2004) view pdf


Federalism Project Books

Competition Laws In Conflict: Antitrust Jurisdiction in the Global Economy

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

Real Federalism: Why It Matters, How It Could Happen

Michael S Greve (March 1999)


The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement

March 24, 2008
Steven M. Teles, Jack Balkin, Michael S. Greve, William Galston

Federal Preemption: States' Rights, National Interests

June 12, 2007
Richard A. Epstein, Michael S. Greve, Charles Cooper, Judge Stephen F. Williams, Peter J. Wallison

Antitrust Consent Decrees in Theory and Practice

May 16, 2007
Richard A. Epstein, A. Douglas Melamed, Michael S. Greve

Watters v. Wachovia Bank

November 28, 2006
Brian P. Brooks, Thomas W. Merrill, Amy Quester, Todd Zywicki, Ted Frank

Massachusetts v. EPA

November 21, 2006
Jonathan H. Adler, Michael S. Greve, Lisa Heinzerling, Barry Rabe, Edward W. Warren

Religion and the American Future: Religion and the Law

October 27, 2006
Michael S. Greve, Kevin Seamus Hasson, Douglas Kmiec

The U.S. Senate Takes On Medical Malpractice Reform

April 24, 2006
Ted Frank, Michael S. Greve, George L. Priest, Stuart L. Weinstein

Antitrust and the New Economy: Transatlantic Turmoil

December 7, 2005
Makan Delrahim, Richard Epstein, Michael S. Greve, Robert Pitofsky

Testimony to Senate Judiciary Committee

July 19, 2005
Michael S. Greve

5th Annual Supreme Court Review

June 29, 2005
Jonathan H. Adler, Michael S Greve, Robert Nagel, Neil Siegel, Nina Totenberg

Brookings Institution Event: Can an Independent Judiciary Be Accountable?

June 10, 2005
Michael S Greve, Stuart Taylor, Jr., Jay Apperson, Sarah Binder, Elliot Mincberg, Joe Onek, Victoria Toensing

Government by Consent Decree?

June 9, 2005
Senator Lamar Alexander, Rep. Roy Blunt, Michael S. Greve, Wade Henderson, Simon Lazarus

State Tax Incentives for Business: Healthy Competition or "Race to the Bottom"?

May 2, 2005
Brannon P. Denning, Peter D. Enrich, Michael S. Greve, Loren Chumley, John P. James, Kevin Thompson, Chris Edwards

Supreme Court: Lochner at 100 — Still Crazy After All These Years?

April 22, 2005
David E. Bernstein, Jeffrey Rosen, G. Edward White, Michael S. Greve

Federalism Under the Influence: Dope, Booze, and the Commerce Clause

November 10, 2004
Michael S Greve, Brannon Denning, Todd Zywicki, R. Hewitt Pate, Viet D. Dinh, John Eastman, Edward Warren, Richard A. Epstein

Terror, Torts, and Telecom: A Review of the Supreme Court's 2003-2004 Term

June 29, 2004
Viet D. Dinh, Richard W. Garnett, Edward W. Warren, Michael S Greve

Competition Laws In Conflict: Antitrust Jurisdiction in the Global Economy

May 13, 2004
Richard A. Epstein, Michael S Greve, Timothy J. Muris

Preemption in the Rehnquist Court

April 2, 2004
Michael S Greve, Thomas W. Merrill, Daniel Schweitzer, Robert Gasaway

States, Citizens, and Corporations: Do the Justices Care? The Supreme Court's 2002-2003 Term

June 27, 2003
Michael S Greve, Dan Schweitzer, Adrian Vermeule, John C. Yoo, Alan C. Raul

Is Federalism Passé? The Supreme Court's 2001-2002 Term

July 8, 2002
Michael S Greve, Evan Caminker, Walter Dellinger, John Harrison, Michael Rappaport