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Legislative Behavior Study, 1957 (ICPSR 7209)

Principal Investigator(s): Wahlke, John; Eulau, Heinz


This study surveyed members of the state legislatures of California, New Jersey, Ohio, and Tennessee during the 1957 sessions. The interviews focused on the perceptions and behaviors of state legislators, with special emphasis on their perceptions of the workings of the legislature, the roles and tasks of legislators as well as institutional and party officials, the workings of political parties and pressure groups and their bearing on substantive policy issues, and the influence patterns within the legislature. In addition, the respondents were questioned on their recruitment into politics, their political orientation, perceptions of their job, political motivations and aspirations, and responsibilities toward their party, constituents, and pressure groups.

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Study Description


Wahlke, John, and Heinz Eulau. Legislative Behavior Study, 1957. ICPSR07209-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 197?. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07209.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07209.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    aspirations, legislative process, motivation, policy making, political affiliation, political attitudes, political behavior, political ethics, political influence, political leaders, political perceptions, political representation, politicians, state legislators

Geographic Coverage:    California, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1957

Date of Collection:   

  • 1957-01-15--1957-06-15

Universe:    All members of the legislatures of California, New Jersey, Ohio, and Tennessee during the 1957 sessions.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    The sample was identical with the population. Of a total of 504 possible interviews, only 30 were not completed, leaving the actual respondents statistically comparable with the population.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-03

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