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State Legislatures Today: Politics under the Domes (Paperback)
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State Legislatures Today: Politics under the Domes (Paperback)

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Paperback 248 Pages / Published: 26/03/2015
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A concise and provocative introduction to state legislative politics, this book a supplement for state and local government courses and upper level courses on legislative politics. It examines state legislatures and state lawmakers, putting them in historical context, showing how they have evolved over the years, and differentiating them from Congress.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442247499
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 376 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
Edition: Second Edition


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This volume examines the legislatures of the 50 American states. While it is organized as a textbook, a general reader will find it fruitful reading. Squire and Moncrief begin with the organization of colonial legislatures and then trace the historical development of the legislatures seen in action today. Chapter 2 presents the details of state legislative elections, including questions of legislative districting and the power of incumbency in state legislatures. In chapter 3, the authors consider the job descriptions and careers of state legislators. Particularly interesting is the discussion of the effects of state legislative term limitations. Chapter 4 turns to the organizational aspects of legislatures, analyzing the role of committees, legislative leaders, and staff in legislative work. The legislative processes in each state are compared in chapter 5. The authors consider the influence of actors outside the legislature on the legislatures' work in chapter 6, with a focus on the effects of direct democracy. The work concludes with an assessment of the current state of state legislatures. The book is richly cited and will serve readers well as an entry point into the field of state legislative research. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels. * CHOICE *
Written by two of the most seasoned scholars of the U.S. legislative process, State Legislatures Today provides a thorough and insightful examination of these very important-but often under-the-radar-institutions. The book is truly comparative, describing the subtle variations among the state legislatures and leveraging those variations to understand deeply how law gets made in the US context. With data, colorful anecdotes, and a careful review of the literature, this is the definitive book on state legislatures today. -- Christopher Z. Mooney, University of Illinois
State Legislatures Today provides a thorough examination of state legislatures in the United States. Not only does this text cover all state legislatures, but it also provides detailed information about all aspects of these institutions, from campaigns and elections to the legislative process. The book is grounded in current research and current evidence, with lively writing and engaging stories throughout. Peverill Squire and Gary Moncrief have written a book that is both informative and entertaining, a combination well suited to today's students. -- Shannon L. Jenkins, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Peverill Squire and Gary Moncrief continue their excellent work with a detailed yet accessible exploration of important institutional and electoral issues found throughout the states. Squire and Moncrief take current political science research and blend it nicely with contemporary political and policy examples to provide an effective classroom text. -- Jonathan Cole Winburn, University of Mississippi

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