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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 12: How Well Do Legislatures Work?
How Well Do Legislatures Work?
At the beginning of this book we looked at what the public thought about state legislatures and why the public thought what it did. The conclusion, which comes as no surprise, is that Americans are not at all satisfied with their legislative bodies—not with the U.S. Congress and not with state legislatures. ...