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The State of the States

If we want to understand the United States, we need to take a step back from national politics and look at the States themselves. There are 99 elected legislative chambers across the 50 United States – and a huge percentage of American lawmaking gets done there, and not in the US House of Representatives or the US Senate.

The US Centre has been supported by the Annual fund to create the State of the States, a unique, free to use, apolitical resource whose purpose is to lend information and insights into US state politics and policy. 

We want this resource to be useful to all, so we’d love to hear your suggestions, especially if you are a journalist – you can send us a message on Twitter @LSE_US, or email us at

The State of the States is run by the LSE’s United States Centre, a hub for global expertise, analysis and commentary on America. Its mission is to promote policy-relevant and internationally-oriented scholarship to meet the growing demand for fresh analysis and critical debate on the United States.

Click here to go to the State of the States.

"Pushpins in a map over the U.S.A." by Marc Levin is licensed under CC BY 2.0



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