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Pockets of Expertise: Institutional Capacity in Twentieth-Century State Legislatures

  • Nancy Burns (a1), Laura Evans (a2), Gerald Gamm (a3) and Corrine McConnaughy (a4)

We examine the development of legislative capacity in U.S. state legislatures in the twentieth century. This capacity can be derived from the legislators themselves, or from institutions and practices. We consider both sources as we provide an account of the ragged and piecemeal development of legislative capacity in the states. We argue that most state legislatures have been neither entirely professional nor amateur, but rather have existed somewhere in between, in a place where pockets of expertise fill in for professional capacity.

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Studies in American Political Development
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  • EISSN: 1469-8692
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