There is much in federalism that should excite anyone seeking the variety, experimentation, and learning that states can bring to finding solutions to national problems. Progressive federalism seeks to harness this potential state contribution to our national democracy without retreating from civil rights and a national affirmative state.
Freeman, R. B., and J. Rogers. “The Promise of Progressive Federalism”. Remaking America: Democracy and Public Policy in an Age of Inequality, Russell Sage Foundation, 2007, pp. 205-27.