The Test of Time: Coping with Legislative Term Limits

Overview

The Test of Time moves beyond the realm of speculation and punditry to analyze the observable and measurable effects of the early experiences of state legislature term limits. Setting the agenda for future term limits studies, this volume brings together fifteen outstanding empirical studies, contributed by top political scientists and state policymakers. Five of the essays—case studies of key states—offer depth and context for understanding the shifting institutional changes wrought by term limits at the state ...
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Overview

The Test of Time moves beyond the realm of speculation and punditry to analyze the observable and measurable effects of the early experiences of state legislature term limits. Setting the agenda for future term limits studies, this volume brings together fifteen outstanding empirical studies, contributed by top political scientists and state policymakers. Five of the essays—case studies of key states—offer depth and context for understanding the shifting institutional changes wrought by term limits at the state level. The remaining chapters develop these findings through cross-state comparisons that examine how legislatures, legislators, and political linkages—such as lobbying and electoral competition—have been affected by the imposition of legislative term limits. Supported by a comprehensive annotated bibliography of term limits literature and a history of the term limits movement, this work will be an enduring resource for academics teaching courses in state government and practitioners either experiencing term limits or preparing for term limits to take effect.
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Editorial Reviews

Public Choice
The Test of TIme is an important contribution to the already considerable literature on tern limits. The editors have brought together a number of sober and carefully researched papers that should give pause to those who predicted that term limits were destined to remake America's politics, for good or ill.
Choice
These important studies and an extensive annotated bibliography of previous research on term limits make this collection a good starting point for any serious future research on the topic. Highly recommended.
Gary Copeland
Scholars and students alike will want this book for the detailed analysis of the term-limits movement and for the careful application of that analysis to legislative theories. This book pulls together all that we know and establishes where our research should move next.
Todd Donovan
This is a valuable, well-designed study that provides some of the first answers about how the term limits movement of the 1990s will affect state politics in the future.
David B. Magleby
The enactment of legislative term limits gave political scientists an extraordinary opportunity to study the impact of a fundamental change. The Test of Time provides an important benchmark and assessment of this change. The book is rich in case studies, comparisons across states, and evaluations of broader implications; and it provides a wonderful annotated bibliography. The book is an important contribution.
CHOICE
These important studies and an extensive annotated bibliography of previous research on term limits make this collection a good starting point for any serious future research on the topic. Highly recommended.
Alan Rosenthal
After ten years of speculation about the effects of term limits, we now have some evidence. The contributors to this useful collection have worked systematically to produce an intriguing analysis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739104446
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 12/15/2002
  • Edition number: 298
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Farmer is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Akron and a Fellow in the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. John David Rausch, Jr. is Assistant Professor of Political Science at West Texas A&M University. John C. Green is Director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and Professor of Political Science at the University of Akron.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Introduction: Clues from Term Limits at Two 1
I Experiencing Term Limits 15
1 California: The New Amateur Politics 17
2 Michigan: The End Is Near 33
3 Maine: The Cutting Edge of Term Limits 47
4 Colorado: Lots of Commotion, Limited Consequences 61
5 Comparing Term Limits of Cities and States 75
II Comparing Legislative Performance Across States 89
6 Term Limits and Legislator Performance 91
7 Views from the Bridge: Legislative Leaders' Perceptions of Institutional Power in the Stormy Wake of Term Limits 105
8 The Impact of Term Limits on Legislative Leadership 119
9 The Unintended Effects of Term Limits on the Career Paths of State Legislators 133
10 The Effects of Term Limits on Representation: Why So Few Women? 147
III Comparing Political Linkages Across States 159
11 The Real Costs of Term Limits: Comparative Study of Competition and Electoral Costs 161
12 Term Limits Implementation in the News: Superficial or Biased? 177
13 Limited Citizenship? Knowing and Contacting State Legislators after Term Limits 193
14 Lobbying under Limits: Interest Group Perspectives on the Effects of Term Limits in State Legislatures 211
15 Understanding the Term Limits Movement 225
Annotated Bibliography 237
List of References 263
Index 275
About the Contributors 283
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