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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 LSE's 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. 

In April 2019, the State of the States was recognised with a Guardian University Award for digital innovation. Now including nearly 1,600 news and blog updates and 2,500 data points from across the 50 states and Washington DC, the State of the States was seen by a panel of judges as an important tool for exploring US state politics and policy issues.The project now has pride of place in the Guardian University Awards’ ideas bank, and will serve as best practice inspiration to others.

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, and was masterminded and put together in the summer of 2018 by the team of USAPP blog editor, Chris Gilson, and LSE Masters’ student, Sarah Scaffidi. 

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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