29: State Politics and Policy

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Consistent with the theme for the 2014 meeting, we invite proposals for papers and roundtables that consider questions of “Politics after the Digital Revolution” as they relate to the study of state politics and policy.  Digital technologies have transformed how constituents communicate with state politicians, how state political parties organize their supporters, and how policymakers navigate policy alternatives.  These technologies not only alter the ways ideas are communicated, but also how state politics is studied – whether it is in the greater availability of data for governments and groups to engage in policy evaluation or the accessibility of novel data for scholars to answer central questions in the study of state politics and policy.

The section also welcomes proposals that use the states to test general theories about intergovernmental relations, political institutions, elections, mass and elite attitudes, and public policies.  We welcome the use of a variety of methodological approaches, especially proposals that offer innovative methodological or theoretical approaches to the study of state politics and policy.  Since the study of state politics naturally overlaps with many subfields, we also invite papers from those who study subnational units beyond the U.S. as well as proposals for cross-listed panels.

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