Cover

pdf iconDownload PDF
 

Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication

pdf iconDownload PDF
 

Table of Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. ix-x

read more

Introduction

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 1-4

The legislative studies subfield of political science is thriving. More than 650 articles dealing with legislatures appeared in ten leading political science journals between 1995 and 2000 (Hamm 2001).1 Much of this work is among the most methodologically advanced and theoretically sophisticated in the discipline. ...

read more

1. The Lineage of American Legislatures

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 5-34

When we look at American legislatures today, we usually emphasize their differences. Congress is seen as contrasting greatly with state legislatures. And, in turn, the considerable differences among state legislatures are noted. These divergencies across legislative institutions are real, yet our focus on them often obscures their substantial similarities. ...

read more

2. Fundamental Structures

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 35-66

In chapter 1 we established that American legislatures germinated from the same seeds. In chapter 2 we examined questions of constitutional design, to begin exploring how over time American legislatures came to look so different from each other. We continue that exploration in this chapter. More specifically, we look at the basic components of legislative professionalization: ...

read more

3. Institutional Characteristics

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 67-98

In chapter 1 we established that American legislatures germinated from the same seeds. In chapter 2 we examined questions of constitutional design, to begin exploring how over time American legislatures came to look so different from each other. We continue that exploration in this chapter. More specifically, we look at the basic components of legislative professionalization: ...

read more

4. Organizational Characteristics

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 99-127

We take organizational characteristics to include leadership, political parties, committees, and procedures. As noted in chapter 2, constitutional provisions establish some of these characteristics, but legislators have created most over time. Each characteristic is a central component in current theories of legislative organization and behavior. ...

read more

5. Legislators and Legislative Careers

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 128-145

The first four chapters focused on the structures and organization of American legislatures, paying particular attention to how they change over time and how they compare across chambers. In this chapter we turn our attention to the members of American legislatures and their political careers. ...

read more

6. Concluding Thoughts on American Legislatures in Comparison

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 146-152

Almost all of the best and most interesting theories about legislative organization and behavior in recent years were developed with Congress in mind (really, the House of Representatives) and tested with congressional data (meaning, again, the House). Although these theories are couched in general terms, the generic legislators about whom they theorize almost always exist in legislatures that take on the peculiar characteristics of Congress. ...

Notes

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 153-168

References

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 169-192

Index

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 193-210

Other Titles in the Series

pdf iconDownload PDF