Federalism Links

Federalism Sites

The Center for the Study of Federalism (CSF) has numerous resources for scholars and students interested in federalism. The site has a list of State and Local Firsts, bibliographies of federalism topics with links to articles and books (some full text), and applications for research and teaching grants on federalism.

The Daniel J. Elazar Online Library @ The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs – Excellent access to Elazar’s writings and theories of federalism

International Association of Centres for Federal Studies – The preeminent organization of Centers studying federalism throughout the world. Site provides links to all of the members of IACFS.

The Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government @ Lafayette College – The Meyner Center also has an interesting set of lectures posted on Youtube.

Forum of Federations – An international organization based in Canada that provides original research on federalism, decentralization, and devolution around the world.

Center for State Constitutional Studies @ Rutgers-Camden

Centre for Federal Studies @ University of Kent

Publius: The Journal of Federalism

State Policy

Pew Center on the States

Stateline – news feeds on state politics and policy sponsored by Pew Center on the States

Council of State Governments

National Conference of State Legislatures

National Governors Association

Governing – blogs, news feeds and access to the magazine covering (mostly) state politics

StateImpact – new collaboration between NPR and its affiliates to provide local and state content

National Institute on Money in State Politics – source for information about campaign finance and lobbying information in the states. Has interactive maps and original research. On Twitter as @MoneyInPolitics

Research Centers/Academic Databases Concerning State Politics

Representation in American State Legislatures – 50 state database of roll call votes for various years.

State and Local Public Policies in the United States – database of public policies from all 50 states designed to help examine state ideology and individual freedom.

Local Policy

American City and County –  “the voice of state and local government since 1909.”  Great for practical examples of public administration and policy implementation

Institute for Local Government – excellent “plain English” breakdown of the functions of local government.  Promotes “good government”.

Pennsylvania Websites

Pennsylvania Policy Database Project @ Temple University

Quinnipiac Pennsylvania Polls – surveys of the Commonwealth’s opinions on state and national political figures and issues

Baer Growls – Veteran journalist covers Pennsylvania politics for the Philadelphia Daily News

Brad Bumsted – Veteran journalist covers Pennsylvania politics for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

Capital Notebook – Blog and articles on PA politics from Harrisburg Patriot-News’ John Micek

Capital Ideas –  Blog on PA politics from Allentown Morning Call’s political reporters

Commonwealth Confidential – Blog on PA politics from Philadelphia Inquirer’s Angela Couloumbis and Amy Worden

Early Returns – PA politics from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Politics PA – News on Pennsylvania politics for political junkies

Publius – Tom Ferrick’s blog on PA, Philadelphia and regional politics at Metropolis

Politically Uncorrected – Blog on PA politics from Terry Madonna (Franklin & Marshall College) and Michael Young (Michael Young Strategic Research)

State House Sound Bites – Blog on PA politics from WITF’s Mary Wilson

Other States:


California’s Capitol – a list of CA stories and insider gossip

Capitol Alert – the latest on California politics from the Sacramento Bee

PolitiCal – “On Politics in the Golden State” from the LA Times on Twitter @LATPoliticsCA


The Buzz: St. Petersburg Times blog on Florida politics

Florida Politics – award winning blog on Florida politics

Naked Politics – Miami Herald blog on Florida politics


Georgia Political and Policy Digest – Great aggregation of news stories about the Peach State from Fitzpatrick and Lewis Public Relations

Georgia Politics -“Day-to-day coverage of lawmakers under the Gold Dome & issues facing Georgia taxpayers” from the Atlanta Constitution-Journal

Peach Pundit – “Fresh political pickin’s from the Peach State”


Pure Politics – In depth coverage of politics in the Bluegrass State


Maryland Politics – “Your Source of News and Gossip from the Mason-Dixon Line to the Potomac” from the Baltimore Sun

Maryland Politics II – “News and Notes on Politics in Annapolis and the D.C. Suburbs” from the Washington Post


Hot Dish Politics – News on Minnesota and the US from the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Politics in Minnesota – News on the Gopher State from the St. Paul Legal Ledger

New Jersey:

NJ.com – Latest Garden State legislative and gubernatorial from a consortium of New Jersey newspapers

PolitickerNJ – Billed as the “virtual watercooler for the state’s political elite”

New York:

Capitol Tonight:  Includes “State of Politics” Blog on NY Politics

North Carolina:

Jones Street Chronicles – Blog covering NC legislative politics. Also links to the North Carolina Center for Voter Education.


Texas Politics – News on Texas from the Houston Chronicle

Texas Weekly – from the Texas Tribune


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