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.

Competitive Federalism

Federalism comes in different shapes and shades. Depending on its organization, federalism may discipline or empower government at all levels; impede or promote the growth of government; produce competition or monopoly. AEI's Federalism Project explores and advocates a competitive federalism that puts governments in competition for mobile, productive citizens.

The Federalist Outlook

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

Washington and the States: Segregation Now

#17 · May 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

National Power, Post-9/11

#9 · November 2001 pdf

Laboraties of Democracy: Anatomy of a Metaphor

#6 · May 2001 pdf

Big Government Federalism

#5 · March 2001 pdf

Federalism After the Election

#4 · December 2000 pdf

Cooperation Does Not Work

#3 · September 2000 pdf

The AEI Federalism Project

#1 · July 2000 pdf

Law Review Articles

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

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).


Working Papers

Preemption in the Rehnquist Court: A Preliminary Empirical Assessment

Michael S Greve (November 17, 2004) view pdf


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)

Real Federalism: Why It Matters, How It Could Happen

Michael S Greve (March 1999)


Federal Preemption: States' Rights, National Interests

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

Massachusetts v. EPA

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

Spoiling for a Fight: The Rise of Eliot Spitzer

August 7, 2006
Brooke A. Masters, Presenter; Michael S. Greve, Discussant; William H. Pryor Jr., Moderator

Federal Preemption: Law, Economics, Politics

April 27, 2006
Keynote Speaker, the Honorable Kenneth Starr; for complete list of panelists, please view conference information.

The U.S. Senate Takes On Medical Malpractice Reform

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

Proportional Representation: Path to Democracy?

December 6, 2005
Gerard Alexander, Jeffrey Anderson, Michael S. Greve, Donald Horowitz, Lindsay Lloyd, Andrew Reynolds, Michael Rubin, Andrew Shearer, Meyrav Wurmser, Judy Van Rest

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

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

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

The Free State Project: Move and Live Free?

February 27, 2004
Michael Barone, Alan Bock, Jason P. Sorens, Richard Vedder, Michael S Greve

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

What Now, Old Continent? Europe on the Way to a Constitution

April 16, 2002
Jeffrey Anderson, William Cash, Andrew Moravcsik, Amity Shlaes, David Calleo, Rod Hunter, William Kristol, Jonathan Davidson

Free Trade vs. States' Rights: Globalization and the Challenges to Local Democratic Government

June 26, 2001
Michael S Greve, Mark C. Gordon, David L. Aaron, Earl H. Fry