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James A. Richardson, Ph.D.
Director of the Public Administration Institute,
Louisiana State University

Dr. James Richardson, is the John Rhea Alumni Professor of Economics and director of the Public Administration Institute in the E.J. Ourso College of Business Administration at LSU. Richardson also serves on the boards of directors at the Public Affairs Research Council and the Council for a Better Louisiana. He has worked as a forecaster for the Louisiana Revenue Estimating Conference since 1987 and has supervised studies on various aspects of the state’s budget.

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04/16 - Opiates & the Bayou State

How is Louisiana tackling this serious addiction epidemic?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

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Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

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05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges face our returning veterans?

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How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?


01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?

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