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State and Local Government Review is the premier journal of scholarship, practical engagement, and discourse on state and local governance. The journal explores subnational governance and administration in federal and multilevel systems around the globe.

State and Local Government Review provides “an outlet for research which can be applied to the practical problems of state and local governments throughout the country.” Established in 1968 at the Georgia Government Review by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, the journal provides a “national interchange of ideas for practitioners, academics, and institutes of government.” [1] State and Local Government Review is the official journal of the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM) of the American Society for Public Administration. Like the Vinson Institute, SIAM has an interest not only in state and local government, but also in the effective interaction among public officials in a federal system. It seeks to foster the dissemination of information about research and experience that contributes to the understanding and improvement of the intergovernmental system.

[1] Billings, C. David. 1976. From the Editor. State and Local Government Review 8 (1): 1.

State and Local Government Review welcomes manuscripts that focus on state and local governments and those that explore the intergovernmental dimensions of public-sector activity. The journal seeks to publish research illuminating federal and multi-level systems of governance around the globe. The journal includes four types of contributions: (1) Research Articles (about 8,000 words in length), (2) Response Essays from scholars and practitioners (about 2,500 words in length), (3) Field Notes, which include research notes by scholars and case studies illustrating innovations by practitioners (about 4,000 words in length), and (4) Perspectives, invited essays from leaders in state and local government (about 2,500 words in length).

Kimberly Nelson University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, USA
Eric Zeemering University of Georgia, USA
Editorial Board
Christopher Alcantara University of Ontario, Canada
Gwen Arnold University of California, Davis, USA
Suho Bae Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea
Nathalie Behnke University of Konstanz, Germany
Jered Carr University of Illinois, Chicago
Cali Curley University of Miami, USA
Leisha DeHart-Davis University of NC, USA
Aaron Deslatte Indiana University, USA
Davia Downey University of Memphis, USA
Thomas Elston University of Oxford, UK
Luke Fowler Boise State University, USA
Christopher B. Goodman Northern Illinois University, USA
Bart Hildreth Georgia State University, USA
Benedict S. Jimenez Georgia State University, USA
Jocelyn Johnston American University, USA
Yunji Kim Seoul National University, Korea
Sharon Kioko University of Washington , USA
Carolyn G. Loh Wayne State University, USA
Patricia Martel International City/County Management Association, USA
Sharon Mastracci Virginia Tech, USA
Mike McGrath National Civic League, USA
Rakesh Mohan Idaho Legislature, Office of Performance Evaluations, USA
Tima T. Moldogaziev Pennsylvania State University, USA
Chris Morrill Government Finance Officers Association, USA
Ghida Neukirch City of Highland Park, USA
Gregory Porumbescu Rutgers University, Newark, USA
Tony G. Reames University of Michigan,USA
Meghan E. Rubado Cleveland State University, USA
Mara O. Shaw University of Georgia, USA
Daniel L. Smith University of Delaware, USA
Zachary Spicer York University, Canada
Kendra Stewart College of Charleston, USA
Jas M. SullivanV Louisiana State University, USA
Charles Szypszak University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
Shu Wang Eastern Michigan University, USA
Neal D. Woods University of South Carolina, USA
Kirsten Wyatt Georgetown University, USA
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