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(L to R) David A. Carrillo, Lecturer in Residence and Executive Director, California Constitution Center at Berkeley Law and Matthew Stanford is an attorney and senior research fellow at the California Constitution Center (Photo: Courtesy Photo) (L to R) David A. Carrillo, Lecturer in Residence and Executive Director, California Constitution Center at Berkeley Law, and Matthew Stanford, attorney and senior research fellow at California Constitution Center (Photo: Courtesy Photo)

Federalism is having a moment. It’s a prominent feature in the uneven coordination between the state and federal governments in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. And in this case, federalism is both the problem and the solution. The problem: federalism creates the space for such governmental discord, because in domestic crises like this each government occupies its own limited sphere of authority with only minimal overlap. The federalist solution is not forced collaboration. Instead, where the federal government falters, your state can save you.

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