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Recusals by State Legislators: An Empirical Examination of the RI General Assembly (2009-2018)

Thu, November 7, 8:45 to 10:15am, Wyndham Philadelphia Hotel, Floor: Lobby Level, Executive Board Room (EBR)


This is an exploratory and theoretical investigation of recusals by state legislators. The study is based on recusal forms filed with the Rhode Island Ethics Commission over a ten-year period. Regression analysis will be conducted to examine hypotheses about the political nature of recusal. The concept of “over-recusal” will also be conceptualized and applied.