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2021’s most & least independent states

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Liz Smith, chair, Department of Politics and International Affairs.

In a piece paying homage to Independence Day, Adam McCann, a financial writer for WalletHub, explores the ways Americans are self-reliant and which states are most and least independent. McCann taps a panel of experts to address a range of issues including dependence on the federal government, COVID-19 relief, jobs, international trade, and presidential campaigns. Furman University’s Liz Smith, professor and chair of the Department of Politics and International Affairs, weighs in on the funding of presidential campaigns and the difficulty in mitigating the influence of special interest groups.

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