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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Kromer, Mileah Kay
Author's Email Address mkrome1@lsu.edu
URN etd-07092008-211200
Title Legislative Participation in the American States: Determinants and Consequences
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kathleen Bratton Committee Chair
James Garand Committee Member
Leonard Ray Committee Member
Robert Goidel Committee Member
Robert Hogan Committee Member
William Cooper Dean's Representative
  • legislative
  • particpation
  • state politics
Date of Defense 2008-06-10
Availability unrestricted
This research seeks to analyze the variability in participation across legislators at the state level and to consider the potential consequences of participatory behavior. In this dissertation, I draw on theories of political participation, legislative goals, and state political institutions to explain participation in state legislative activities. To begin with, I examine legislative participation across the legislative process, considering the determinants of sponsorship and roll-call participation. Next, I examine the consequences that participation has for legislators focusing on challenger emergence in the general election. My research demonstrates that legislative participation varies systematically across individual, institutional, and state level variables. However, final results indicate that participatory variables do not condition challenger emergence in the general election.
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