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State Legislative Committee Systems in the United States, 1981

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Francis, Wayne L.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
congressional committees; legislative bodies; legislative process; management; organizational structure; state government; state legislators; state legislatures; state politics
  • Abstract

    This collection focuses on the committee systems in the separate state legislatures in the United States. The data were collected by mail questionnaire sent to a national sample of state legislators at the close of the 1981 legislative sessions. Included are responses to questions about the management, operation, and efficiency of legislative committee systems as well as problems perceived in the committee system. State legislators were asked to evaluate the performance and centrality of the committees they served on and their legislative chamber as a whole.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1981
  • Collection date: 1981
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
American state legislators in 1981.
Legislators were randomly selected. Initially, 66 members of every state house and 33 members of every state senate were sent survey questionnaires. Nonrespondents were sent two follow-up questionnaires.
Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation (SES 8006475).
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8389 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Francis, Wayne L.. Costs and Benefits of Legislative Service in the American States. American Journal of Political Science.29, (3), 626-642.1985.
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  • Francis, Wayne L.. Leadership, party caucuses, and committees in United States state legislatures. Legislative Studies Quarterly.10, (2), 243-257.1985.
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  • Francis, Wayne L., Riddlesperger, James W.. U. S. state legislative committees: Structure, procedural efficiency, and party control. Legislative Studies Quarterly.7, (4), 453-471.1982.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Francis, Wayne L. (1985): State Legislative Committee Systems in the United States, 1981. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.