Federalism and the Battle for Partisan Power

We think we know how federalism works. Republicans believe in states’ rights, and Democrats want a strong federal government, right? Not so fast. New research reveals a whole different tug of war playing out on Capitol Hill. Our legislators don’t always do what they say, but they do have a strategy to design and implement our laws. It turns out that federalism is ground zero in their battle for partisan power—and now we finally know how the game is being played.

In this episode, we go behind-the-scenes with the researcher who uncovered these terms of engagement, Pamela Clouser McCann.

The U.S. government’s program to counter violent extremism needs an overhaul

Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Erroll Southers of the USC Price School on why the federal government needs a new strategy to counter violent extremism. According to Southers, changes proposed by President Donald Trump’s administration do not effectively address the needs of the current environment. The extremist threat in the United States is…

McCann’s new book uncovers partisanship when Congress delegates policy to states

Ever since she worked for a state-level agency before attending graduate school, USC Price Assistant Professor Pamela McCann has been intrigued by when and why Congress chooses to delegate to the states for implementation of federal policy. In her new book The Federal Design Dilemma: Congress and Intergovernmental Delegation (Cambridge University Press), McCann uncovered the…

Trump’s affect on the economy

Raphael Bostic joined KPCC’s Take Two roundtable discussion along with other economic experts discussing the new president’s affect on the economy.  In terms of low-income housing pre-Trump, there was investment of federal money in housing assistance.  Without the funds, there is a domino effect on the difficulties that will cause on those with low incomes. If those go away, it…

Road to the White House discussion: Impact of the Housing Market on the Elections

California led the nation in foreclosures this July, with over 56,000 homes going moving into foreclosure. While this number is down 16% from last year, it remains high. In fact, filings in the state of California represented over 26% of new filings nationwide. Richard K. Green, Director of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate,…