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Louisiana Is #1: Let the Good Times Roll!

- January 24, 2008

No, I’m not talking about football. (Well, Louisiana is #1 on the gridiron, too, its Bayou Bengals having humiliated TOSUFF in the national championship game). This is about a great American participant sport, not our favorite spectator sport.

I’m speaking, of course, of corruption in public office.

The new ratings are out, and once again the Pelican State has done itself proud, as have several of its Dixie neighbors. Here are ratings for the 26 most populous states, and here, in case you want to examine the data in their unadorned splendor, is the original source material.

There may be some good stuff here for specialists in comparative state politics, especially those who, in the Elazar tradition, have an interest in the impress of political culture.

[Hat tip to our GW English Department colleague Margaret Soltan’s University Diaries blog]

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