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Term Limits and the Dismantling of State Legislative Professionalism

Term Limits and the Dismantling of State Legislative Professionalism

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  • Date Published: November 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521548731

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  • This study of the effects that term limit laws (restrictions on the number of years for which legislators can serve) have had on politics and policy in American states, combines interviews of capitol insiders with archival records and statistical analysis. The final conclusion--that term limits have had an adverse effect on the professional behavior of legislative members--bears relevance to the current debate over the wisdom of establishing term limits.

    • It evaluates a current political issue
    • It is accessible to readers interested and involved in this debate
    • It helps to connect the study of American state legislatures to work on national legislatures
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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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521548731
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.385kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus. 2 maps 32 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Many Designs of American State Legislature:
    1. Introduction
    2. Narratives of change in six states
    Part II. How Design Affects a Legislature's Form:
    3. The stability of leadership: how long do 'First Among Equals' last?
    4. The role of committees: independent actors or agents?
    5. Patterns in legislative achievement
    Part III. How Design Affects a Legislature's Function:
    6. Bargaining between the legislative and executive branches
    7. The production of policy innovation
    8. Conclusions
    9. Epilogue: adaptations to term limits.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • California Politics
    • State and Local Politics
    • Topics in Political Science: Political Reform
  • Author

    Thad Kousser, University of California, San Diego
    Thad Kousser joined the University of Califonia, San Diego faculty in 2003 after receiving his Ph.D. in 2002 from the University of California, Berkeley. He has previously worked as a legislative aide and committee consultant in the California State Senate and more recently as an aide to US Senator Ron Wyden through the APSA Congressional Fellowship. His publications include work on term limits, reapportionment, campaign finance laws, the blanket primary, health care policy, and European Parliament elections. This book is based on a dissertation that won the APSA's William Anderson Prize in 2003.

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