State Legislatures Today Politics under the Domes

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ISBN-13: 9780136033554
Edition: 2010
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Description: A concise and provocative introduction to State Legislative Politics,State Legislative Politics Todayis designed as a supplement for State and Local courses and upper level courses on legislative politics. The book examines state legislatures and  More...

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Book details

List price: $57.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 9/25/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 259
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

A concise and provocative introduction to State Legislative Politics,State Legislative Politics Todayis designed as a supplement for State and Local courses and upper level courses on legislative politics. The book examines state legislatures and state lawmakers, putting them in historical context, showing how they have evolved over the years, and differentiating them from Congress. It covers state legislative elections (including the impact of redistricting, candidate recruitment, etc.), the changing job description of state legislators, legislatures as organizations, the process by which legislation gets produced, and the influences upon legislators.

Preface
99 Chambers and Why They Matter
State Legislatures in Historical Context
State Legislative Evolution in the Nineteenth Century
State Legislative Evolution in the Twentieth Century
State Legislatures Today
Number of Houses
The Nebraska Exception
House Name
Membership Size
Politics Under the Domes 1-1: The Legislative Representation and Efficiency Tradeoff
Bicameral Size Differences
Terms of Office
Term Limits
Constituency Size
Geographic Size
Multi-member Districts
Differences with Congress
Politics Under the Domes 1-2: Domes?
Further Explorations of State Legislatures
Endnotes
State Legislative Campaigns and Elections
Differences in Electoral Rules
District Magnitude
Type of Primary Election
Politics under the domes 2-1: When Residency Requirements Bite
Timing of Primary Election
Redisricting Practices
Case Law and State Redistricting
Campaign Finance Laws
Term Limits
The Candidates
Candidate Type
Recruitment Agents
Self-Starters
The Recruitment of Women and Minorities
How Campaigns Are Run
Politics Under the Domes 2-2: The Art and Science of Doorbelling
Turnover, Party Competition, and Elections
Term Limits and Turnover
Competitive versus Noncompetitive States
The Effect of Region
Conclusion
Endnotes
The Changing Job of State Legislator
Legislative Professionalization
What Difference Does Professionalization Make?
Professionalization Levels in Current State Legislatures
Examining the Components of Professionalization: Salary and Benefits
Politics Under the Domes 3-1: The Pennsylvania Pay Raise Fiasco
Examining the Components of Professionalization: Time Demands
Examining Each of the Components: Staff and Facilities
Who Serves?
Women
African Americans
Hispanic Americans
American Indians
Explaining the Number of Women and Minority Legislators
Diversity by Other Measures
Occupations
The Job of State Legislator
Ethics
Legislative Careers and Legislature Career Opportunity Types
Conclusion
Endnotes
Legislative Organization Across the States
Legislative Parties
Legislative Leadership
Politics Under the Domes 4-1: The Battle over the Gavel in the Alabama State Senate
Politics Under the Domes 4-2: Leadership Retribution in State Legislatures
Committees
Career Opportunity Types and Committee Membership and Leadership
Where are Decisions Made in State Legislatures?
Conclusion
Endnotes
The Legislative Process in the States
Variation Across the States
The Three Tracks of the Legislative Process: Bills that Die, Bills that Fly, and Bills that Crawl
Steps in the Legislative Process
Introduction and First Reading
Politics Under the Domes 5-1: "There Ought to be a Law" or Why Legislators Introduce Bills
Referral to Standing Committee
Committee Hearings
Committee Action and Second Reading
Third Reading, Debate and Floor Vote
Politics Under the Domes 5-2: Fun with Quorums
Same Steps in Second Chamber
Potential Conference Committee
The Governor's Desk
Legislative Time
The Budget Process
Influences on Legislative Decision Making
Politics Under the Domes 5-3: "I Voted for that Bill Before I Voted Against It": Why Floor Votes Don't Necessarily Tell the Whole Story
Conclusion
Endnotes
The Legislative Context
Public Opinion, Constituency, and the Representational Role
Representational Roles
Different Views of Constituency
Public Opinion, Organized Interests, and Lobbying
The Lobbyists
Politics Under the Domes 6-1: Lobbying Outside the Box
What Lobbyists Do
Interest Groups and Campaign Financing
Public Opinion and Direct Democracy
The Recall
The Popular Referendum
The Initiative
The Governor and the Legislature
Setting the Agenda
Budgets
Veto Power
Politics Under the Domes 6-2: Vanna White, Frankenstein, and the Partial Veto in Wisconsin
Other Gubernatorial Weapons
The Bureaucracy
The Courts
State Courts and Policy Mandates
Politics Under the Domes 6-3: The Courts, the Legislature, and Gay Marriage in Iowa
State Courts, Direct Democracy, and Policymaking
The Fiscal Factor
The Federal Factor
Conclusion
Endnotes
Are State Legislatures Representative Institutions?
What Do Election Results Tell Us About Evaluations of State Legislative Performance?
How Highly Do Citizens Rate Their State Legislatures?
How Much Do People Know About Their State Legislatures and Legislators?
How Much Information about State Legislatures is Available?
Do State Legislators Represent Their Constituents?
Politics Under the Domes 7-1: When Politics and Policy Collide in the State Legislature
The Dynamics of Representation at the State Level
The Components of Representation
The Changing Dynamics of the Job
A Final Assessment
Endnotes
Index

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