How did the framers think about federalism and what has changed since their time?
How can Americans work together even if they don’t trust each other?
Thoughts About MLK Day 2023
Some things to think about on MLK Day and every day.
Bill of Rights Day: Dec. 15
Why does the Bill of Rights matter? Find out here!
Check Out Our Course on the Presidency
When the framers created the presidency, they were intent on solving two trust-related problems. One problem was how to harness political competition for the public good without the polarizing consequences…
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Republic or Democracy?
Is the US a republic or democracy? Find out here!
Short Course on Federalism
What is federalism? What are the pros & cons? Learn here!
Two Ideas for Unprecedented Times
Two surprising ideas to help us get through unprecedented times. Click here!
Federalism & Polarization
What aspect of federalism could impact polarization? Find out here!
Federalism & Tyranny
Does American federalism promote or prevent tyranny? Find out here!
Federalism & Unequal States
How does federalism affect equality between states? Find out here!
Federalism & Trust
Can federalism impact trust? Find out here!
The President’s War Powers
What are the president’s war powers? Find that out – and more – here!
Federalism & Accountability
Is accountability helped or hindered by federalism? Find out here!
Federalism Pros & Cons #3
How does federalism encourage policy innovations? Find out here!
Thoughts on MLK Day 2022
Choices you can make for America.
Read about them here.
Federalism Pros and Cons
Is federalism always win-win? We start the discussion today. Click here.
New Course on Federalism
What is federalism & why should I care? Find out in our new short course!
Advantages of Liberal Republics 1
Are liberal republics less corrupt than illiberal republics?
We pick one question to answer each Friday.
Can Citizens Hold the Line?
… against power hungry politicians?
In Need of Shoring Up
Chain reaction? Less democracy, less trust, more vulnerability?
Gaps in Public Service Delivery
Do poor services fuel distrust?
Gaps in the Quality of Government?
Gaps between what should be and what is?
Political Trust & Distrust 29
Why do we trust local government the most and federal the least?
Political Trust & Mistrust 28
How has political trust changed over time?
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How does impartiality build trust in political institutions?
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Why does political trust matter?
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Are people more trustworthy than we expect?