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 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.
I. INTRODUCTION; I. INTRODUCTION; II. POLITICAL BEHAVIOR IN THE STATES AND LOCALITIES; III. STATE POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS; V. LOCAL POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS; VI. SUB-NATIONAL PUBLIC POLICY PROCESSES; VII. SUB-NATIONAL PUBLIC POLICIES; VIII. CONCLUSION