Includes data from four original datasets in addition to interviews with legislators
Examines 12 states with term limits, with interviews from Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Ohio
Outlines different types of term limits and how they have changed legislative careers
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Table of contents (8 chapters)
About this book
This book considers whether term limits help curb careerism in the US state legislatures. Term limits are popular among the public and have been overwhelmingly successful once on the ballot. Despite this, very little is known about the long-term effects of these institutional rules. If term limits were sold to the public to remove entrenched incumbents from office, how do they alter the careers of legislators and what are the implications? Butcher suggests that term limits do not end careers but instead, lawmakers have become more creative in their pursuits. She finds that the presence of term limits has created a new career system unique to those states that have limits. In each chapter, there is a quantitative analysis, followed by qualitative interviews to better understand the underlying motivations of members.
This book provides the most comprehensive examination of state legislative term limits to date. Dr. Butcher’s four original datasets explore the effects of both lifetime and consecutive year limits on legislative careers, bill passage and legislative leadership across 20 years and 17 states. She examines more than 9,500 legislative careers and 270,000 bills, combining interviews to add nuance and credibility to her findings. This book is a tour de force of state legislative research.
-Marjorie Sarbaugh-Thompson, Professor of Political Science, Wayne State University
Dr. Jordan Butcher’s book is a must read for any current, former or aspiring lawmaker and anyone interested in the public policy arena. I began my legislative career as term limits began in our state and have experienced every angle of this significant change and this book helps to tell the story of what lawmakers anticipated the outcome would be. I’ve read many articles, publications, and other books and this is one of the only comprehensive comparative works that addresses the broad impact of term limits.
- Shane Broadway, Former Speaker of the Arkansas General Assembly.
Authors and Affiliations
Department of Political Science, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, USA
About the author
Jordan Butcher is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Arkansas State University, USA. Her research in state legislative politics lies at the intersection of intuitional design and political careerism.
Book Title: Navigating Term Limits
Book Subtitle: The Careers of State Legislators
Authors: Jordan Butcher
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-39422-5Published: 01 November 2023
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-39425-6Due: 15 November 2024
eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-39423-2Published: 31 October 2023
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XVIII, 261
Number of Illustrations: 38 b/w illustrations