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The Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government is an historic undertaking. It contains a wide range of essays that define the important questions in the field, evaluate where we are in answering them, and set the direction and terms of discourse for future work. The Handbook will have a substantial influence in defining the field for years to come.
The chapters critically assess both the key works of state and local politics literature and the ways in which the sub-field has developed. It covers the main areas of study in subnational politics by exploring the central contributions to the comparative study of institutions, behavior, and policy in the American context. Each chapter outlines an agenda for future research.
Donald P. Haider-Markel, Professor of Political Science, University of Kansas
Donald P. Haider-Markel is Professor of political science at the University of Kansas. His research and teaching is focused on the representation of interests in the policy process and the dynamics between public opinion and policy. He has authored or co-authored over 45 refereed articles, multiple book chapters, and several books in a range of issue areas, including the environment, religion and the culture wars, civil rights, criminal justice, and terrorism. He has been recipient or co-recipient of grants from the EPA STAR program, the National Science Foundation, and the American Psychological Foundation.
Table of Contents
I. Introduction I. Introduction 1. Sub-National Political Science, Donald P. Haider-Markel 2. Relations between State and National Governments, John Dinan 3. Relations between Local and National Governments, Robert Agranoff 4. Relations between State and Local Governments, Carol S. Weissert and Jessica Ice II. Political Behavior in the States and Localities 5. Local Political Participation, Brady Baybeck 6. State Political Participation, Carolyn Tolbert and William W. Franko 7. Local and State Interest Group Organizations, Anthony Nownes 8. Local and State Political Parties, Joel W. Paddock 9. Local Campaigns and Elections, Timothy Krebs 10. State Campaigns and Elections, William D. Hicks and Daniel A. Smith III. State Political Institutions 11. Early State History and Constitutions, John Kincaid 12. State Direct Democracy, Shawn Bowler and Todd Donovan 13. State Legislatures, Keith Hamm, Ronald D. Hedlund, and Nancy Martorano Miller 14. State Executives, Margaret Ferguson 15. State Courts, Chris Bonneau and Brent Boyea 16. State Bureaucracy: Policy Delegation, Comparative Institutional Capacity, and Administrative Politics in the American States, George A. Krause and Neil Woods V. Local Political Institutions 17. Local Boundaries, Megan Mullin 18. Local Legislatures, Suzanne Leland and Holly Whisman 19. Local Executives, Richard C. Feiock and Jungah Bae 20. Local Courts, Richard A. Brisbin, Jr. 21. Local Bureaucracy, Kelly M. LeRoux VI. Sub-National Public Policy Processes 22. The Context of Local Policymaking, Zoltan Hajnal 23. The Context of State Policy Policymaking, Robert C. Lowery 24. State Policy and Democratic Representation, William G. Jacoby and Saundra K. Schneider 25. Local Policy and Democratic Representation, Christine Kelleher Palus, Villanova University VII. Sub-National Public Policies 26. Fiscal Policy, James Garand, Justin Ulrich, and Ping Xu 27. Economic Development Policy (local and state), Paul Brace 28. Education Policy, Paul Manna 29. Social Welfare Policy, Mark Carl Rom 30. Health Care Policy, Charles Barrilleaux 31. Criminal Justice Policy (and policing), Garrick Percival 32. Morality Policy, Alesha Doan 33. Environmental Policy, Michael D. Jones, Elizabeth A. Shanahan and Lisa J. Hammer 34. Regulatory Policy, Paul Teske and Colin Provost 35. Policies Towards Minority Populations, Richard Fording and John Poe VIII. Conclusion 36. Sub-National Politics: A Methodological Perspective, Fred Boehmke and Regina P. Branton 37. Sub-National Politics: A National Political Perspective, Bertram Johnson 38. Sub-National Politics: A Comparative Perspective, Nicole Bolleyer 39. The Future of Sub-National Political Research, Donald P. Haider-Markel