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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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Wahlke, John, and Heinz Eulau. Legislative Behavior Study, 1957. ICPSR07209-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 197?. doi:10.3886/ICPSR07209.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07209.v1
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
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Universe: All members of the legislatures of California, New Jersey, Ohio, and Tennessee during the 1957 sessions.
Data Types: 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.
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Original ICPSR Release: 1984-05-03
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