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Public Opinion in State Politics$
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Jeffrey E. Cohen

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804753005

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804753005.001.0001

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Public Opinion in the States: Determinants of Legislative Job Performance

Public Opinion in the States: Determinants of Legislative Job Performance

(p.79) Chapter 5 Public Opinion in the States: Determinants of Legislative Job Performance
Public Opinion in State Politics

John A. Hamman

Stanford University Press

This chapter investigates state-level opinion on determinants of legislative job performance. It analyzes the relation between legislative professionalism and job performance and the results indicates that the more professional the state legislature, the lower its job performance ratings. The analysis of the National Network of State Polls also suggests that job performance ratings are lower in states with term limits. This chapter also discusses the impact of legislative action and the volume of legislation on public dissatisfaction with professional legislatures.

Keywords:   legislative job performance, state-level opinion, legislative professionalism, job performance, performance ratings, public dissatisfaction, state legislature, National Netowrk of State Polls

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