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date: 11 December 2018

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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.

Keywords: methodology, methodological problems, debates, data availability, policy innovation, public opinion, trends

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