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Constitutional Provisions

Amendment Process
Articles of Confederation
Bill of Rights
Concurrent Powers
Connecticut Compromise
Contract Clause
Due Process
Electoral College
Eleventh Amendment
Enumerated Powers of the U.S. Constitution
Equal Protection of the Laws
Equal Rights Amendment
Fifteenth Amendment
Fourteenth Amendment
Implied Powers of the U.S. Constitution
Internal Improvements
Interstate Commerce
Nationalization of the Bill of Rights
Necessary and Proper Clause
New Jersey Plan
Police Power
Reserved Powers
Seventeenth Amendment
Sixteenth Amendment
Supremacy Clause: Article VI, Clause 2
Taxing and Spending Power
Tenth Amendment
Three-fifths Compromise
U.S. Constitution
Virginia Plan

Fiscal Federalism

Block Grants
Categorical Grants
Conditional Grants
Intergovernmental Tax Immunity
Project Grants
Revenue Sharing
Tax Competition
Tax Coordination

Historical Events

Albany Plan
American System
Annapolis Convention of 1786
Articles of Confederation
Civil War
Compromise of 1850
Confederate States of America
Constitutional Convention of 1787
Fugitive Slave Acts
Great Society
Hartford Convention
Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions
Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Missouri Compromise of 1820
The Federalist Papers
Webster-Hayne Debate


Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations
Council of State Governments
Councils of Governments
Dairy Compacts
Federalism Summit
Metropolitan Planning Organizations
Model Cities Program
National Association of Counties
National Association of Towns and Townships
National Conference of State Legislatures
National Governors’ Association
National Guard
Political Parties
U.S. Conference of Mayors
U.S. Congress

Intergovernmental Relations

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (2009)
Crosscutting Requirements
Crossover Sanctions
Dillon’s Rule
Executive Orders
Extradition and Rendition
Federal-Local Relations
Federal-State Relations
Foreign Affairs and Federalism
Home Rule
Interlocal Relations
Interstate Compacts
Interstate Relations
Local Government
Public Administration
State Constitutional Law
State Constitutions
State Government
State-Local Relations


Civil Rights Act of 1875
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Compromise of 1850
Contract with America
Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act
Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions
National Labor Relations Act of 1935
Northwest Ordinance of 1784
Northwest Ordinance of 1787
Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996
Taft-Hartley Act
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Act
Transportation Equity Act for the Twenty-first Century
Unfunded Mandates
Voting Rights Act of 1965

Models and Theories of Federalism

Coercive Federalism
Competitive Federalism
Cooperative Federalism
Creative Federalism
Dual Federalism
Layer Cake Federalism
Marble Cake Federalism
New Deal
New Federalism (Nixon)
New Federalism (Reagan)
Picket Fence Federalism
States’ Rights

Policy Areas

Affirmative Action
Age Discrimination
Criminal Justice
Economic Development
Electric Industry Restructuring
Environmental Policy
Foreign Affairs and Federalism
Gender and Federalism
Health Care Policy
Internal Improvements
Morality Policy
Native Americans
Public Lands
Transportation Policy
Urban Policy
Welfare Policy

Political/Historical Figures

Black, Hugo L.
Brandeis, Louis D.
Brennan, William J., Jr.
Burger, Warren Earl
Calhoun, John C.
Clay, Henry
Eisenhower, Dwight D.
Frankfurter, Felix
Franklin, Benjamin
Hamilton, Alexander
Jackson, Andrew
Jefferson, Thomas
Johnson, Lyndon B.
Lincoln, Abraham
Madison, James
Marshall, John
Mason, George
O’Connor, Sandra Day
Reagan, Ronald
Rehnquist, William
Roosevelt, Franklin D.
Roosevelt, Theodore
Taney, Roger Brooke
Thomas, Clarence
Wallace, George C.
Webster, Daniel
Wilson, Woodrow

Supreme Court Cases

Adamson v. California (1947)
Bailey v. Drexel Furniture Company (1922)
Baker v. Carr (1962)
Baldwin v. Montana Fish and Game Commission (1978)
Barron v. Baltimore (1833)
Benton v. Maryland (1969)
Bronson v. Kinzie (1843)
Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
Burbank v. Lockheed Air Terminal (1973)
Bush v. Gore (2000)
Cantwell v. Connecticut (1940)
Carter v. Carter Coal Company (1936)
Champion v. Ames (1903)
Charles River Bridge Company v. Warren Bridge Company (1837)
Chisholm v. Georgia (1793)
City of Boerne v. Flores (1997)
Cohens v. Virginia (1821)
Cole v. Arkansas (1948)
Colegrove v. Green (1946)
Cooley v. Board of Wardens (1852)
Crosby v. National Foreign Trade Council (2000)
Cruzan v. Missouri Department of Health (1990)
Darby Lumber Company v. United States (1941)
Dartmouth College v. Woodward (1819)
De Jonge v. Oregon (1937)
Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857)
Duncan v. Louisiana (1968)
Dunn v. Blumstein (1972)
Edwards v. California (1941)
Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins (1938)
Everson v. Board of Education (1947)
Fletcher v. Peck (1810)
Furman v. Georgia (1972)
Garcia v. San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Authority (1985)
Gibbons v. Ogden (1824)
Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)
Gitlow v. New York (1925)
Gregg v. Georgia (1976)
Griffin v. California
Griggs v. Duke Powers Company (1971)
Griswold v. Connecticut (1965)
Hammer v. Dagenhart (1918)
Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States (1964)
Hines v. Davidowitz (1941)
Hipolite Egg Company v. United States (1911)
Home Building and Loan v. Blaisdell (1934)
Katzenbach v. Morgan (1965)
Klopfer v. North Carolina (1967)
Lochner v. New York (1905)
Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council (1992)
Luther v. Borden (1849)
Malloy v. Hogan (1964)
Mapp v. Ohio (1961)
Martin v. Hunter’s Lessee (1816)
McCray v. United States (1904)
McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)
Michigan v. Long (1983)
Miranda v. Arizona (1966)
Missouri v. Holland (1920)
National Labor Relations Board v. Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation (1937)
National League of Cities v. Usery (1976)
Near v. Minnesota (1931)
New State Ice Company v. Liebmann (1932)
New York v. United States (1992)
Nollan v. California Coastal Commission (1987)
Palko v. Connecticut (1937)
Parker v. Gladden (1966)
Pennsylvania v. Nelson (1956)
Perez v. United States (1971)
Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)
Pointer v. Texas (1965)
Prigg v. Pennsylvania (1842)
Printz v. United States (1997)
Reed v. Reed (1971)
Reynolds v. Sims (1964)
Robinson v. California (1962)
Roe v. Wade (1973)
Schechter Poultry Corporation v. United States (1935)
Schilb v. Kuebel (1971)
Seminole Tribe of Florida v. Florida (1996)
Shapiro v. Thompson (1969)
Slaughterhouse Cases
South Dakota v. Dole (1987)
South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. (2018)
Southern Railway Company v. Reid (1912)
Stone v. Mississippi (1880)
Texas v. White (1869)
Toomer v. Witsell (1948)
United States Trust Company v. New Jersey (1977)
United States v. Butler (1936)
United States v. E. C. Knight Company (1895)
United States v. Lopez (1995)
United States v. Morrison (2002)
Washington v. Glucksberg (1997)
Washington v. Texas (1967)
West Coast Hotel Company v. Parrish (1937)
Wickard v. Filburn (1942)
Younger v. Harris (1971)

Federalism Scholars

Burgess, Michael
Clark, Jane Perry
Graves, W. Brooke
Grodzins, Morton M.
Livingston, William S.
Nathan, Richard P.
Riker, William H.
Watts, Ronald L.
Wheare, Kenneth Clinton