The Decline of Representative Democracy: Process, Participation, and Power in State Legislatures

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Based on a leading scholar's firsthand observations of legislatures as well as extensive interviews with legislators, legislative staff, and lobbyists, this important new work describes and analyzes the contemporary state of legislatures and the legislative process in the fifty states. It explores the principal elements of legislatures, including the processes by which legislation is enacted, the impact of the media, political competition and partisanship, lobbyists and lobbying, the challenge of ethics, the roll...
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Overview

Based on a leading scholar's firsthand observations of legislatures as well as extensive interviews with legislators, legislative staff, and lobbyists, this important new work describes and analyzes the contemporary state of legislatures and the legislative process in the fifty states. It explores the principal elements of legislatures, including the processes by which legislation is enacted, the impact of the media, political competition and partisanship, lobbyists and lobbying, the challenge of ethics, the roll of leadership, and the linkage between legislators and their constituencies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871879745
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.83 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Preface
Introduction 1
1 Shifting Bases of Representation 6
2 The Development of State Legislatures 49
3 The Transformation of Legislative Cultures 85
4 The Process of Lawmaking 122
5 Competition for Legislative Control 168
6 The Dispersion of Interest Group Influence 200
7 The Job of Leadership 245
8 Balancing Executive Power 293
9 The Democratic Challenge 325
Select Bibliography 347
Index 359
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