101 CHAMBERS: CONGRESS, STATE LEGISLATURES, & THE FUTURE OF LEGISLATIVE STUDIES (PARLIAMENTS & LEGISLATURES) (Paperback)

101 CHAMBERS: CONGRESS, STATE LEGISLATURES, & THE FUTURE OF LEGISLATIVE STUDIES (PARLIAMENTS & LEGISLATURES) By PEVERILL SQUIRE, KEITH E. HAMM Cover Image
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Although legislative studies is thriving, it suffers from one glaring weakness: a lack of truly comparative, cross-institutional research. Instead, research focuses overwhelmingly on the U.S. Congress. This unfortunate fixation limits the way scholars approach the testing of many compelling theories of legislative organization and behavior, and it ignores the invaluable research possibilities that comparison with the 99 American state legislative chambers offers.

State legislatures are easily compared to Congress: They arise out of the same political culture and history. Their members represent the same parties and face the same voters in the same elections using the same rules. And the functions and roles are the same, with each fully capable of initiating, debating, and passing legislation. None of the methodological problems found when comparing presidential system legislatures with parliamentary system legislatures arise when comparing Congress and the state legislatures.

However, while there are great similarities, there are also important differences that provide scholars leverage for rigorously testing theories. 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 too great to leave unexplored.

About the Author


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

Praise For…


“There is no other book just like this one. Arguing that researchers interested in legislatures should pay more attention to state legislatures (as well as Congress), the authors discuss the development of U.S. colonial and state legislatures, and their contemporary variations, with extraordinary skill. Their awareness of both historical and political science literature is prodigious.” —Richard Niemi, Rochester University
Product Details
ISBN: 9780814256886
ISBN-10: 0814256880
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Publication Date: October 9th, 2020
Pages: 222
Language: English
Series: PARLIAMENTS & LEGISLATURES