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Remaking Federalism: How States Can Realign and Rebuild a Stronger and Healthier Union

COVID-19, Opportunity Fund

Written by Neil Kleiman, with New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and the Center for Urban Science + Progress, this research paper outlines – in light of COVID-19 – how a growing network of foundations, universities and advocacy groups can advance new inter-governmental arrangements that can better support cities and local government. In Remaking Federalism: How States Can Realign and Rebuild a Stronger and Healthier Union, Kleiman observes that there has been a redefinition of intergovernmental relations, one in which the country’s densest population centers have lost autonomy and authority in recent years. One of the consequences of this erosion is the growing use of preemption legislation – the use of state law to nullify a municipal ordinance or authority – that has chilled and even blocked important local initiatives throughout the United States.

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