- Series Information
- The Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government
- List of Contributors
- Introduction: The Study of State and Local Politics and Policy
- Relations between State and National Governments
- Relations Between Local and National Governments
- Relations between State and Local Governments: The Home Court (Dis)Advantage
- Local Political Participation
- State Political Participation: Election Law, Electoral Competition, and Inequality
- Local and State Interest Group Organizations
- Local and State Political Parties
- Local Campaigns and Elections
- State Campaigns and Elections
- Early State History and Constitutions
- State Direct Democracy
- State Legislatures
- State Executives
- State Courts: Past, Present, and Future
- State Bureaucracy: Policy Delegation, Comparative Institutional Capacity, and Administrative Politics in the American States
- Local Boundaries
- Local Legislatures
- Local Executives
- Local Courts
- Local Bureaucracy
- The Context of Local Policymaking: Who or What Governs?
- The Context of State Policy Policymaking
- State Policy and Democratic Representation
- Local Policy and Democratic Representation
- Fiscal Policy in the American States
- State Economic Development
- Education Policy
- Social Welfare Policy
- Health Care Politics and Policy
- Criminal Justice Policy
- Morality Politics
- Environmental Policy
- State Regulatory Policy
- Policies Towards Minority Populations
- Sub-National Politics: A Methodological Perspective
- Sub-National Politics: A National Political Perspective
- Sub-National Politics: A Comparative Perspective
- Conclusion: The Study of State and Local Politics and Policy
Abstract and Keywords
In this chapter we discuss the evolution of political methodology in state politics. We evaluate the long term trends that have led to an increasing attention to methodological issues in state politics research. As the ability to conduct ever more complex analyses has expanded, the demand for methodologies suited to the distinct circumstances we confront has led the emergence of state politics methods by state politics methodologists. We illustrate this evolution in two specific areas of study: state policy innovation and measures of state public opinion. We then discuss a couple of ongoing debates and methodological discussions in which state politics scholars are making important contributions.
Fred Boehmke is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa, a member of the Iowa Social Science Research Center, and a Social Science Scholar in Residence at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center.
Regina P. Branton is Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of North Texas.
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