face invalidity

Daily Beast is running a feature ranking the most corrupt states. Illinois is ranked #47, less corrupt than anywhere but Wyoming, Indiana, Montana, and New Hampshire.

Author: jeremy

I am the Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

4 thoughts on “face invalidity”

  1. Interesting regional bias(?) in the list: The 15 most corrupt contains 10 of the 11 states of the confederacy. Of the other five in the top fifteen, two (Missouri and Delaware) were slave states, two were not yet states (Nevada and Oklahoma) and one was in the union (Pennsylvania).


  2. New Jersey has got to rank at the top of any reasonable list of corrupt states. I’m not sure how much my birth state’s political woes get national attention, but there has been an impressive list of federal charges against NJ mayors and local leaders. These include the case against Sharpe James, mayor for 20+ years of the state’s biggest city, and last year, NJ had a situation that sounded like a cheesy action movie with several rabbis as the broker between shady developers and local politicians (including mayors of two of the other big cities in NJ). Here’s a quote from a Reuters article from July 23, 2009:

    “”New Jersey’s corruption problem is one of the worst, if not the worst, in the nation,” said Ed Kahrer, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s white collar crime and public corruption program in New Jersey, who has worked on the investigation since it began in July 1999. “It has become ingrained in New Jersey’s political culture,” he said.


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