One Hundred and One Chambers

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Ohio State University Press, 2005 - Political Science - 209 pages
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"The book compares and contrasts Congress and the state legislatures on histories, fundamental structures, institutional and organizational characteristics, and members. By highlighting the vast array of organizational schemes and behavioral patterns evidenced in state legislatures, the authors demonstrate that the potential for the study of American legislatures, as opposed to the separate efforts of Congressional and state legislative scholars, is to great to leave unexplored."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  

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Contents

List of Illustrations
1
Fundamental Structures
35
Table 23 Membership Size and State Population Correlations
48
Table 26a Constituency Size by American Lower House Chamber 2003
56
Table 28 American Legislative Terms 2003
62
Institutional Characteristics
67
Table 31 Annual and Biennial Legislative Sessions in the States
68
Table 34 State Legislative Staff Compared to Congressional
77
Table 43 Work Productivity in American Legislatures 199798
117
Table 45 Discharge Procedures in Several Lower Houses
125
Legislators and Legislative Careers
128
Table 51 Selected Occupations of State Legislators 1909 1949
134
Table 52 Turnover in U S House and State Legislatures by Chamber
143
Concluding Thoughts on American Legislatures
146
Notes
153
References
169

Organizational Characteristics
99
Table 42 The Importance of Committees in State Legislative
109

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Peverill Squire is professor and collegiate fellow in the department of political science at the University of Iowa.

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