The proposed loan of Commonwealth money to Adani is on shaky constitutional ground, potentially paving the way for High Court challenge which could change the dynamics of federal-state funding.
Trump administration officials argue that states can regulate more effectively than the federal government. But without leadership from the top, federalism may allow red states to avoid acting.
Tough socio-economic conditions, among others, make kidnapping a thriving business in Nigeria. A strong justice system along with stiff punishment for the crime are needed.
Leaked documents of a secret 'taskforce' to reform public hospital funding reveal some controversial proposals. So how are hospitals funded and why might this need changing?
President Trump has ordered a review of national monuments protected by his predecessors, and may try to abolish or shrink some. But four legal experts say that only Congress has that authority.
Trump has ordered a task force to look into the federal government's role in schools. Where does this executive order fit in the country's long history of federal versus state educational policies?
Corruption has become entrenched in Ethiopia because of the political dominance of a single party -- the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front.
Twenty years ago, a sheriff won a lawsuit against a federal gun control law. Today, San Francisco is betting the same argument for state's rights will stop Trump from defunding sanctuary cities.
Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, now leading a clean energy research center at Colorado State University, explains why clean energy will keep growing despite President Trump's focus on fossil fuel.
A new federalism? Trump's decision to green-light the Dakota Access Pipeline and early battles with states show a disregard for the sovereignty of domestic government bodies.
California has set ambitious goals for cutting carbon emissions and shifting to a clean energy economy. How will this strategy affect the state's huge economy? An economist weighs the evidence.
No state wants to see its revenue base decline – particularly when the jurisdiction benefiting doesn’t even tax (or regulate) its bookies as well as it might.
Federal politicians and the public like the idea of abolishing the states. But consider the likely result: a more powerful Canberra, with regional governments amounting to glorified shire councils.
Leaving aside party-politics, there are good reasons why Australia should consider changing its Constitution to abolish state governments.
As the National Park Service turns 100 years old, two conservation scholars and former park rangers respond to critics who support privatizing national parks or putting them under state control.
The path back to surplus inevitably winds through state finances. And it's a potholed road.
Commitment to a stronger, ongoing and more bipartisan federal reform process is one of the true tests of modern political leadership.
The reality is that intergovernmental relations are not the strong point of federal systems generally. But some do it better than others.
The role both state and federal governments play in Australia’s urban regions is often incompatible with effective metropolitan governance.
A better tax system and long-term budget sustainability starts with this blueprint.