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The Democratic Challenge
The democratic challenge

After examining state legislatures and their milieu, one conclusion stands out: These are institutions with democratic features being buffeted by democratic forces. This is not to say that legislatures are perfectly democratic. In fact, they have antidemocratic blemishes that repel democracy's advocates—backroom negotiations despite proclamations of openness, campaign contributions that facilitate access, and inequalities in the internal distribution of influence, to name a few. Yet as far as process, participation, and power are concerned, legislatures are notably democratic.

In this concluding chapter, we shall bring together the bits and pieces of description and analysis that appear in the preceding pages, making the argument about legislative democracy. Then we shall point out the perils that contemporary legislative democracy poses for representative government, ...

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