The Federalism Project

Constitutional Reform and Governance in the U.S. (& Around the World)

About This Project

When it comes to government too often the focus is on policy and not on the process.  Recent developments in the U.S. (the current presidency of Donald Trump) and around the word prove that process (how laws and policies are formulated) and the form of government (the structure and jurisdiction of government institutions and branches) matter just as much, if not more, than policy choices.

Through this blog I intend to explore the U.S. Federal system of governance, and provide explanations on how the system works or how it should work.  Furthermore, I will put forth some ideas and recommendations for reforms to the U.S. Federal system, either considering constitutional reform or just ways to reform the system.  I am a great believer in the system put together by our founding fathers, and I would like to both see it work better, and see it be used as a model in other parts of the world.  That being said, there are many developments on federalism around the work, worthy of consideration and adoption here in the U.S.

I have worked for the U.S. government, and have studied extensively federalism, the rule of law, and the role of governance in promoting economic growth both in the U.S. and around the world.  I have also lived in both Europe and the U.S., and I believe my unique perspective could be invaluable to anyone interested in governance.


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Nasos Mihalakas is a Visiting Research Associate with the Athens Institute for Education & Research (ATINER).  Prior to that he served as an Assistant Professor of International Business with the State University of New York at Brockport for six years.  Nasos also worked for nine years as a policy analyst with the U.S. government; first for the U.S. Department of Commerce investigating unfair trade practices and foreign market access restrictions, and then for a Congressional Commission advising members of Congress on the impact of trade with China on the U.S. and global economy.  He holds an LLM from the University College London, and a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

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