Quality of Rhode Island Governance


O’Neill, Ed, Shocking 52% of Assembly unopposed, Providence Journal, September 21, 2014.

Renn, Aaron M., The Bluest State, City Journal, Spring 2014.  For a critique of Renn, see Frymaster, Rhode Island Dead, RIFuture.org, June 10, 2014.

Fitzpatrick, Ed, Where R.I. ranks on the national corruption scale/Poll, Providence Journal, June 9, 2014.

Emery, C. Eugene, Jr.,  Candidates for governor discuss R.I.’s reputation for secrecy, cronyism / Video, Providence Journal, May 24, 2014.

Liu, C. and Mikesell, J. L. (May/June 2014), The Impact of Public Officials’ Corruption on the Size and Allocation of U.S. State Spending. Public Administration Review, 74: 346–359.  For a summary, see Kille, Leighton Walter, The impact of public officials’ corruption on the size and allocation of U.S. state spending, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, May 16, 2014.

Edgar, Randal, Public has low opinion of R.I.’s elected state leaders, poll finds, Providence Journal, March 4, 2014.


Jones, Jeffrey, Americans Say Federal Gov’t Wastes Over Half of Every Dollar, Gallup Poll, September 19, 2011.  The poll asks Americans how much of every dollar the Federal and their own state government wastes.  The figure is 51% for Federal and 42% for state.  Note that the figures are not broken down by state.


Cook, Nancy, Is Rhode Island the Most Corrupt State? Newsweek, March 13, 2010.

For a different take, see: Marchetti, Lauren, How Corrupt is Rhode Island? GoLocalProv, September 5, 2011.


Marsh, Bill, Illinois Is Trying. It Really Is. But the Most Corrupt State Is Actually . . ., New York Times, December 13, 2008.

Marsh, Bill, A Survey of Journalists: Reporters’ scores of perceived state corruptionNew York Times, December 14, 2008.


Boylan, R. T. and C. X. Long (2003). “Measuring public corruption in the American states: A survey of state house reporters.” State Politics & Policy Quarterly 3(4): 420-438.