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Fowler and Kettler pen blog posts tying national pollution levels to party affiliation

Luke Fowler, an associate professor and master of public administration program lead, and Jaclyn Kettler, an assistant professor of political science, recently had work featured in London School of Economics’s American Politics blog.

Their co-authored piece, “There is more pollution when Congress and state Governorships are under Republican control” was based on their longer paper, “Are Republicans Bad for the Environment,” which was published in the July 27 edition of State Politics and Policy Quarterly.

In their research, the School of Public Service faculty examined 20 years’ worth of data on state-level toxic waste releases. They found that there was likely to be more pollution when the U.S. Congress and state governorships were held by Republicans than when these institutions were held by Democrats.