Public Approval of State Legislatures

Legislative Studies Quarterly 37(1): 99-116, 2012

29 Pages Posted: 24 Dec 2015  

Lilliard E. Richardson

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) - School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA)

David Konisky

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA)

Jeff Milyo

University of Missouri - Economics; Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics; Institute for Corruption Studies

Date Written: March 28, 2011

Abstract

The determinants of public approval for state legislatures have not received much attention, but one important finding is that more professionalized legislatures experience lower levels of public support.We argue that this result is an artifact of limited data and problematic model specifications. Analyzing a large national survey sample, we demonstrate that the negative relationship holds primarily for conservatives and to a lesser extent for moderates but not liberals. Additionally, we find that legislative approval in states with term limits and ballot initiatives is no different than in states without these institutions.

Keywords: legislatures, public opinion, professionalism, U.S. states

Suggested Citation

Richardson, Lilliard E. and Konisky, David and Milyo, Jeff, Public Approval of State Legislatures (March 28, 2011). Legislative Studies Quarterly 37(1): 99-116, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2707813

Lilliard E. Richardson

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) - School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) ( email )

1315 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

David Konisky (Contact Author)

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) ( email )

1315 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Jeffrey Milyo

University of Missouri - Economics ( email )

118 Professional Building
Columbia, MO 65211
United States
573-882-3459 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://economics.missouri.edu/people/milyo.shtml

Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics ( email )

124 Mount Auburn Street
Suite 520N
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Institute for Corruption Studies

Stevenson Hall 425
Normal, IL 61790-4200
United States

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