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Readings in Federalism

This course will combine a traditional seminar on Federalism with a colloquium series in which scholars from Duke and other law schools will present recent works or works in progress. It will meet in a two-hour session each week, plus a two-hour colloquium session on seven Fridays during the semester. Topics will include the history and political theory of federalism, divergent models of federalism (e.g., dual federalism, process federalism, cooperative federalism), the relationship between federalism and political identity, the role of courts in enforcing federalism, and some attention to comparisons with other federal systems in Europe, Canada, and Australia.

Students will be expected to submit comments on the colloquium papers and to produce a substantial paper of their own. Speakers who have already agreed to present in include Heather Gerken (Yale), Gillian Metzger (Columbia), Neil Siegel & Joseph Blocher (Duke).

Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.