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Spring 3-14-2021


Crowley, S. T. (2021, March 14). An Analysis Of State Attorney General Attempts At Policy Influence Through NAAG Multistate Advocacy Letters. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Copyright Sam Crowley 2021.


State Attorneys General have emerged as influential political actors on the national level in the last 25 years. State attorneys general seek to influence policy at the federal level in both partisan and bipartisan manners. Media attention in recent years and previous scholarship has focused mostly on areas of partisan conflict between and among state attorneys general. This paper seeks to explore areas of bipartisan cooperation among state attorneys general as demonstrated through the practice of signing multistate advocacy letters addressed to Congress, administrative agencies, and the private sector that are coordinated through the efforts of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG. The intention of this thesis is to analyze the mean percentage of signatures by state attorneys general on NAAG multistate letters from 2009 to 2020 in order to identify trends that can shed light on the practice of signing multistate advocacy letters and whether partisan political considerations have impacted the practice. 3 research questions, corresponding to independent variables, seek to evaluate whether there are statistically significant differences between political parties, elected or appointed AGs, and those running for office or not in the practice of signing NAAG multistate advocacy letters.