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State legislators have often been in the shadow of their national counterparts, but they drive the processes of democracy. Rosenthal brings together a lifetime of research and experience on state legislative politics into one eminently readable volume—a dynamic, inside view of the people involved, the politics that prevail, and the interest groups and lobbyists who advocate their causes. Building on earlier work with new data and recent interviews and observations, Rosenthal looks at the way representation works, Americans' critical view of their legislatures, the role of legislative leaders, the dynamics of executive-legislative relationships, as well as norms and ethics. Both a complement and contrast to the policymaking process on Capitol Hill, Engines of Democracy proves that no one gives insight into state legislators and their work the way Alan Rosenthal can.
Chapter 9: The Stuff of Law
The Stuff of Law
When people think of legislatures, which for most of us is not very often, they think of them as places where laws are made. At least some of these laws, people realize, affect their lives. So legislatures have consequential business to conduct.
Lawmaking is not a legislature's only business. The legislative job also includes ...