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Legislating Without Experience : Case Studies in State Legislative Term Limits - John C. Green

Legislating Without Experience

Case Studies in State Legislative Term Limits

By: John C. Green (Editor), Rick Farmer (Editor), Christopher Z. Mooney (Editor)

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Published: 30th August 2013
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Legislative term limits are reshaping the political landscape in numerous states; however, few of the effects are consistent across all states. Everything from the political environment to the level of legislative professionalism within a state influences the trends that are often attributed to term limits. To cut through these many trends and isolate the ones most likely created by term limits, this volume develops comparisons of states with term limits to similar states without term limits. The comparisons are organized by levels of legislative professionalism. The richness of the case study approach allows the contributors to Legislating Without Experience to offer valuable insights into the legislative process in each of the specific states. They also illuminate the individual idiosyncrasies that enhance or dilute the effects of term limits in a given state. Rarely does a case study book with multiple contributors offer apples-to-apples data comparisons. This project engaged nationally recognized scholars to collect and analyze comparable data in each state. The loss of major power brokers and their institutional memory makes the legislature a more chaotic place. Legislating Without Experience argues that on the whole, the legislature as an institution has been weakened by term limits. However, these effects vary from state to state based on the specifics of the limit and the degree of legislative professionalism. Importantly, legislative actors are adapting to the limits and making the best of a difficult situation. This book will be an excellent reference for students and scholars of state politics, legislative process, and term limits.

Introduction : accelerating change with term limits / Rick Farmer and John C. Green -- Institutional imbalance : the effect of six year limits in California / Bruce Cain, Thad Kousser, Karl T. Kurtz -- Legislative power in the Buckeye State : the revenge of term limits / Rick Farmer, Thomas H. Little -- Truncated careers in professionalized state legislatures / Christopher Z. Mooney -- The effects of legislative term limits in Arizona : more churning, more chaos, and a diminished institutional role for legislators / David R. Berman -- Colorado legislative term limits : the worst of both worlds / John A. Straayer -- Out with the old heads and in with the young Turks : the effects of term limits in semi-professionalized state legislatures / Christopher Z. Mooney, Jason Wood, and Gerald C. Wright -- Term limits in the Arkansas General Assembly : a citizen legislature responds / Art English, Brian Weberg -- Institutional change and legislative term limits in Maine / Richard J. Powell, Rich Jones -- It's all about the turnover : term limits in citizen legislatures / Michael Smith -- Living with term limits / Alan Rosenthal.

ISBN: 9780739157060
ISBN-10: 073915706X
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 30th August 2013
Publisher: University Press of America