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Term Limits and the Dismantling of State Legislative Professionalism - Thad Kousser

Term Limits and the Dismantling of State Legislative Professionalism

Hardcover Published: 22nd November 2004
ISBN: 9780521839853
Number Of Pages: 288

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The wisdom of term limits and professional politics has been debated since the time of Aristotle, spurring 'reforms' of legislatures in Athens, Rome, Venice, and in the US under the Articles of Confederation. This book examines recent trends in American states in order to investigate the age-old question of how the rules that govern a legislature affect the behavior of its members and the policies that it produces. The clear and consistent finding is that the two reforms have countervailing effects: whatever professionalization has brought more of, term limits have reduced. This lesson comes from quantitative analyses of data from all fifty states and detailed examinations of legislative records from six states, informed by interviews with over one hundred legislators, staff assistants, lobbyists, journalists, and executive officials.

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"A thorough analysis of the impact term limits have had on the functions of state legislatures, Kousser's book is exceptionally well written." The Law and Politics Book Review

The Many Designs of American State Legislature
Narratives of change in six states
How Design Affects a Legislature's Form
The stability of leadership: how long do 'First Among Equals' last?
The role of committees: independent actors or agents?
Patterns in legislative achievement
How Design Affects a Legislature's Function
Bargaining between the legislative and executive branches
The production of policy innovation
Epilogue: adaptations to term limits
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ISBN: 9780521839853
ISBN-10: 0521839858
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 22nd November 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.59