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This is not how it ends… “Strategic Federalism” in the United States | CALL FOR PAPERS

The editors at Metropolitics are calling for new analyses reflecting on the current post-election political moment and the most pointed aspects of ongoing urban crises. We are particularly interested in pieces that analyze current organizing and activism in response to them.

For these pieces, we are instituting a rapid-response peer-review process on Fridays with a commitment to publishing the edited version of accepted pieces right away.

Our third call for papers focuses on efforts to build power and/or protect social rights and well-being via state and local politics in the face of what is to come at the national level in the United States—what we are referring to as “Strategic Federalism.” Papers might take up local/state living wage activism, subnational alternative energy or zero-net new emissions strategies, etc., with analysis of how these things have been or could be accomplished through the political process.

We will consider articles received by Monday, January 30, 2017, for peer review on Friday, February 3, with publication soon after. Please email articles to the Editorial Director, Laura Wolf-Powers: lwolfpowers [at] gc [dot] cuny [dot] edu

Metropolitics is an editorially peer-reviewed online journal that publishes concise academic essays and papers aimed at an international audience. The journal’s mission is public scholarship: short-form work about cities and urban politics, based on original research, on a quick time frame that allows researchers to contribute to public debate and make their scholarly work relevant to a broad readership. Metropolitics is housed at the Center for Urban Research at the City University of New York Graduate Center and supported by the URBAN Research Network, a community of scholars and change-makers who engage and explore big questions now emerging in cities.

What we publish

  • Essays (1,500 words), which draw on empirical work to develop arguments relating to societal and political debates, and which provide a new perspective on key urban issues and challenges.
  • Debates (1,500 words), which address current social, professional or political developments on current issues, and concisely present the state of knowledge bearing on current public debate.
  • Reports from the Field (1,500 words), which draw on case studies, experiments or remarkable situations to shed new light on urban phenomena and developments.
  • Reviews (1,000 words), which offer authors’ perspectives on books, films, exhibitions and other events, evaluating their intellectual contributions for a wide audience.
  • Interviews with activists and policymakers, presented in audio, video or text form.

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