Term Limits and the Dismantling of State Legislative Professionalism


Term Limits and the Dismantling of State Legislative Professionalism

This study of the effects that term limit laws (restrictions on the number of years for which legislators can serve) have had on politics and policy in American states, combines interviews of capitol insiders with archival records and statistical analysis. The final conclusion--that term limits have had an adverse effect on the professional behavior of legislative members--bears relevance to the current debate over the wisdom of establishing term limits.


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"A thorough analysis of the impact term limits have had on the functions of state legislatures, Kousser's book is exceptionally well written." The Law and Politics Book Review


 Prizes:

Winner, 2005 Alan Rosenthal Prize of the Legislative Studies Section of the American Political Science Association
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