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Comprehensive examination of legislative term limits and how they have changed the American political system. Legislative term limits remain a controversial feature of the American political landscape. Term Limits and Their Consequences provides a clear, comprehensive, and nonpartisan look at all aspects of this contentious subject. Stanley M. Caress and Todd T. Kunioka trace the emergence of the grassroots movement that supported term limits and explain why the idea of term limits became popular with voters. At the same time, they put term limits into a broader historical context, illustrating how they are one of many examples of the public’s desire to reform government. Utilizing an impressive blend of quantitative data and interviews, Caress and Kunioka thoughtfully discuss the impact of term limits, focusing in particular on the nation’s largest state, California. They scrutinize voting data to determine if term limits have altered election outcomes or the electoral chances of women and minority candidates, and reveal how restricting a legislator’s time in office has changed political careers and ambitions. Designed to transform American politics, term limits did indeed bring change, but in ways ranging far beyond those anticipated by both their advocates and detractors.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Chapter 1: Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Chapter 2: Movement to Establish Term Limits
  2. pp. 17-33
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  1. Chapter 3: Why Were Term Limits So Popular?
  2. pp. 35-48
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  1. Chapter 4: Impact On the Election of Women
  2. pp. 49-69
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  1. Chapter 5: Impact on the Election of Minority Candidates
  2. pp. 71-90
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  1. Chapter 6: Consequences of Term Limit Enactment on Career Paths
  2. pp. 91-111
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  1. Chapter 7: Changes in Legislative Leadership
  2. pp. 113-133
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  1. Chapter 8: Insiders' Views of Term Limits
  2. pp. 135-149
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  1. Chapter 9: The Future of Term Limits in the States and in Congress
  2. pp. 151-165
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  1. Chapter 10: Conclusion
  2. pp. 167-177
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  1. References
  2. pp. 179-189
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 191-193
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781438443065
Related ISBN
9781438443058
MARC Record
OCLC
817565572
Pages
160
Launched on MUSE
2012-11-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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