Dr. Pearson Cross is Director of the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and teaches in the political science department. His research focuses on state and local politics, with expertise on Louisiana. His current research project focuses on the politics of education during the Jindal Administration.
Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Capitol Park Event Center, Glass Room
The Party is Over: The New Louisiana Politics
1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Cavalier House Booksellers Tent
The Party Is Over: The New Louisiana Politics
For decades, the Louisiana political scene has been a source of interest and intrigue for scholars and casual observers alike. In recent years, the state’s political, economic, and environmental challenges have drawn sustained attention from regional and national media. Observers have typically focused on Louisiana’s distinctive political culture, including jungle primaries, colorful candidates, and tolerance for scandal. However, recent shifts have eroded the state’s unique political character, aligning it with national political trends of partisan realignment, political polarization, and outside influence in state and local elections.
The Party Is Over brings together top scholars, journalists, and policy analysts to investigate these recent shifts in institutions, politics, and policy and situate them in the context of national politics. Both accessible and thorough, the volume offers an informed and reliable foundation for those new to Louisiana’s political culture and for long-time observers seeking new insights into recent developments. Contributors recognize the challenges posed by the new politics and point toward opportunities to leverage the state’s cultural and economic strengths to build a better Louisiana.
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