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Can State Politics Transcend Partisan Gridlock?

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

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.

The conference will begin with an optional pre-conference workshop on data and methods for inferring policy diffusion networks taught by Bruce Desmarais and hosted by the Quantitative Social Science Initiative (QuaSSI) at Penn State.

A preliminary conference schedule is available and will be updated with panel sessions as they are confirmed.

Please review hotel and travel information as you make plans to attend the conference.

All questions can be directed to We look forward to seeing everyone in State College this summer!

Important Dates

  • February 19: Registration begins
  • March 16: Registration ends
  • June 7-9: Conference