Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 09 July 2020

Abstract and Keywords

This essay contends that the American states merit a more prominent place in the study of American political development for both substantive and methodological reasons. It illustrates how the study of the states provides a more comprehensive portrayal of American politics and its evolution, offering new insights into the dynamics of institutional change, the expansion and restriction of voting rights, and the shifting contours of the American welfare state. Moreover, the states’ combination of fundamental similarity and manageable variation makes them especially well suited for evaluating causal arguments. Developmental scholars have generally not taken full advantage of the states as a research venue, but carefully designed studies of state politics have the potential to illuminate broader questions of political development.

Keywords: state politics, federalism, institutional change, voting rights, welfare state

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.