Legislating Without Experience

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

June 2008 CHOICE
This volume provides a thorough and sophisticated assessment of the impact of term limits....Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739111451
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 1,251,129
  • Product dimensions: 0.58 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Farmer is director of committee staff at the Oklahoma House of Representatives and a fellow at the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron. Christopher Z. Mooney is professor of Political Studies with the Institute for Government and Public Affairs at University of Illinois at Springfield. Richard J. Powell is associate professor of Political Science at the University of Maine. John C. Green is director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Akron.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 1. Introduction: Accelerating Change with Term Limits Part 2 I: Professionalized State Legislatures Chapter 3 2. Institutional Imbalance: The Effect of Six Year Limits in California Chapter 4 3. Legislative Power in the Buckeye State: The Revenge of Term Limits Chapter 5 4. Truncated Careers in Professionalized State Legislatures Part 6 II: Semi-Professionalized State Legislatures Chapter 7 5. The Effects of Legislative Term Limits in Arizona: More Churning, More Chaos, and a Diminished Institutional Role for Legislators Chapter 8 6. Colorado Legislative Term Limits: The Worst of Both Worlds Chapter 9 7. Out with the Old-Heads and in with the Young Turks: The Effects of Term Limits on Semi-Professionalized State Legislatures Part 10 III: Citizen Legislatures Chapter 11 8. Term Limits in the Arkansas General Assembly: A Citizen Legislature Responds Chapter 12 9. Institutional Change and Legislative Term Limits in Maine Chapter 13 10. It's All About the Turnover: Term Limits in Citizen Legislatures Chapter 14 11. Living with Term Limits

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    Recommended - Easy to read and understand legislative term limits

    Making an effort to better understand how our legislation works, I chose this book to learn more about congress and state reps and how these elected positions impact the lives of citizens such as myself. I have little knowledge of how our political system works, and if I continued to rely only on the information provided on TV and the internet, I fear I would lose all hope of the U.S. ever getting back to a productive and profitable status.
    This book illustrates specific issues regarding how the term limits in various states affect the way the reps are able to do the job, or in some cases, the way the term limits can hinder progress.
    Each case is broken down into easy to read sections featuring one state and provides the pros and cons, and ends with a "conclusion" by the authors to recap all the info in that chapter into a cohesive statement about that particular state's gains and losses due to term limits.

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