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Democracy Works: Federalism In Uncertain Times

Charles Barrilleaux
Florida State University

With each passing day, the relationship between states and the federal government seems to grow more complicated. States are forming coalitions and working together to chart a path out of COVID-19, while sometimes competing with one another for resources. This situation is unique in many ways, but brings to light the complexities of American federalism — our topic of discussion this week.

Charles Barrilleaux, Leroy Collins Professor and Department Chair of Political Science at Florida State University, is an expert on American federalism and joins us to discuss the relationship between states and the federal government, and how that manifests itself during the response to COVID-19.

The episode begins with Michael and Chris explaining the history of federalism and what powers the Constitution gives states and the federal government.   

Jenna Spinelle is the Communications Specialist for the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State. She is responsible for shaping all of the institute's external communication, including website content, social media, multimedia, and media outreach.