Heavy Lifting The Job of the American Legislature
Edition: 2004 (Revised)
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Description: What makes for a &BAD:ldquo;good&BAD:rdquo; legislature? In Heavy Lifting, Alan Rosenthal traveled to five states, interviewing and shadowing legislators to find out the answer. Through this engaging narrative, the author first establishes the most important aspects of American state legislatures--what they are and how they do their jobs--and then graduates to the book&BAD:rsquo;s central thesis: Rosenthal argues that, on the whole, the American legislature must be evaluated on the basis of its processes, not its products. He breaks down the legislative process into three principal functions: representing, lawmaking, and balancing the executive, and covers each in turn in the remainder of the book.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $52.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 7/9/2004
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
|Looking at what legislatures do|
|Representation : serving the district's interests|
|Representation : expressing constituency views|
|Lawmaking : challenges of the legislative process|
|Lawmaking : obstacles to overcome|
|Lawmaking : putting it together|
|Lawmaking : managing majorities|
|Balance : the executive's upper hand|
|Balance : how governors and legislatures deal with one another|
|Does legislative leadership make a difference?|
|What is a "good" legislature?|