The Official Journal of the State
Politics and Policy
Organized Section of the American Political Science Association
The primary purpose of State Politics and Policy Quarterly is to foster and promote the rigorous, theoretically driven and methodologically sound study of political behavior and policy at the state level. The central mission of "The Practical Researcher" is to support this objective by publishing material that addresses the practical issues of conducting research in this area. As such the section is service-oriented and seeks to publicize and record the contents and locations of publicly available data resources, supply a vehicle for addressing methodological issues central to state politics and policy research, provide a forum to assess the applied impact of research produced by the subdiscipline, and to provide an outlet to address other topics related to practical research interests.
Basically, the aim is to provide an official outlet for the shared wisdom of the state politics and policy sub-field. To provide a more specific set of ideas on the sorts of things were looking for, here are some example topics of manuscripts actually submitted to The Practical Researcher: