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Can State Politics Transcend Partisan Gridlock?

American Political Science Association State Politics and Policy Conference: June 7-9

We are excited excited to see everyone at SPPC 2018. Here are some important updates for attendees: 


You can find the latest version of the program here.  


There is a $75 registration fee if you are not a member of the Section.  You should pay this in advance here or bring a check made out to the State Politics and Policy Section.  We will not be able to take credit cards at the conference. 

Pre-Conference Workshop

The pre-conference workshop will be held in 114 Steidle. Note that the front door may be closed for construction but you can enter through a side door. Preregistration was required to attend the workshop, and registration for the workshop is now closed.

Uploading and Circulating Papers

We are following the lead of SPPC 2017 by using Google Drive to circulate papers. Please upload your papers by the end of the week. We have a folder for each session.  If you would please name your file with the author(s) last name, that will help the discussants and audience members who would like to access the paper. If you are having trouble, you can email us the paper.

You can access the Google Drive at the following link:


If possible, please bring your presentation on a thumb drive. All the terminals have internet so you can also access your presentation remotely.  If you plan to use your computer for the presentation be sure you have appropriate adapters, especially Mac users. We are not always an Apple-friendly campus.


We appreciate that many of you have agreed to serve as discussants for the conference. You will be able to access your panel's papers in the Google Drive. If you have trouble finding the papers, just e-mail us and we can send them your way. Discussants will also act as chairs for each panel, ensuring that the presentations stay on track, leaving enough time for your comments and audience participation at the end of the panel.


The conference will open with a reception on Thursday from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the Hintz Alumni Center on Penn State's campus. Come whenever you arrive on campus.  All panels will take place in the Business Building, and the Friday evening poster session and dinner will take place at the Nittany Lion Inn.

All of the buildings we will use for the conference are marked on this map:


All venues are within easy walking distance.

For those who prefer not to walk, the Nittany Lion Inn has a van, and if available will transport you. Uber and Lyft are easily available. Moreover, if anyone has mobility issues please do not hesitate to let us know, in advance if possible, so we can arrange transportation.

There is also a bike share program at Penn State: 

Graduate Student Stipends

All graduate students on the program are eligible for a stipend. This will come directly from the Section and requires that you complete a W-9 while on campus. Penn State University Park students are not eligible.  

About the Conference

National-level party polarization, policymaking gridlock, and ever-increasing economic inequality have contributed to a widely-held public perception that American politics is dysfunctional and incapable of addressing the pressing problems of the day. With federal politics seemingly stymied, many are looking to state governments to step in to fill the policymaking gap and address citizens’ concerns.

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