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Full Time, Part Time and Real Time: Legislators'' Perceptions of Time on the Job

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In this paper we report findings from a survey of state legislators in which we ask them about the time they spend being a legislator. As expected, we find substantial differences in self-reported time on the job in different states. But we also find that legislators spend more time on the job than one might anticipate, given the "part-time" nature of many state legislatures. We discuss these findings in the context of the concept of legislative professionalism. Furthermore, we model time on the job as a function of a series of institutional-level and individual-level variables. We also explore the variety of activities involved in the legislative job.

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Kurtz, Karl., Moncrief, Gary., Niemi, Richard. and Powell, Lynda. "Full Time, Part Time and Real Time: Legislators'' Perceptions of Time on the Job" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Marriott Hotel, Oakland, California, Mar 17, 2005 <Not Available>. 2009-05-25 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p87334_index.html>

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Kurtz, K. , Moncrief, G. , Niemi, R. and Powell, L. , 2005-03-17 "Full Time, Part Time and Real Time: Legislators'' Perceptions of Time on the Job" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Marriott Hotel, Oakland, California Online <PDF>. 2009-05-25 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p87334_index.html

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Abstract: In this paper we report findings from a survey of state legislators in which we ask them about the time they spend being a legislator. As expected, we find substantial differences in self-reported time on the job in different states. But we also find that legislators spend more time on the job than one might anticipate, given the "part-time" nature of many state legislatures. We discuss these findings in the context of the concept of legislative professionalism. Furthermore, we model time on the job as a function of a series of institutional-level and individual-level variables. We also explore the variety of activities involved in the legislative job.

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Full-Time Part-Time and Real Time State Legislators' Perceptions of Time on the Job Karl T. Kurtz National Conference of State Legislatures Gary F. Moncrief Boise State University Richard G. Niemi University of Rochester Lynda W. Powell University of Rochester Paper prepared for presentation at the Western Political Science Association annual meeting; Oakland CA; March 17-19 2005 ABSTRACT In this paper we report findings from a survey of state legislators in which we ask them about the time they spend
Limits is a multi-year research project involving the National Conference of State Legislatures 7 the Council of Governments the State Legislative Leaders' Foundation and a number of political scientists. The project was funded by a grant from the Smith-Richardson Foundation and National Science Foundation grant SES-0212310. Although it is the case that all four states fall above the median in Squire's professionalization index their index scores are 8 well below those of the states generally consider "professional." As discussed


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