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State Legislative Committee Systems in the United States, 1981 (ICPSR 8389)

Principal Investigator(s): Francis, Wayne L.


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.

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Study Description


Francis, Wayne L. STATE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE SYSTEMS IN THE UNITED STATES, 1981. Columbia, MO: Wayne L. Francis, University of Missouri [producer], 198?. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08389.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08389.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SES 8006475)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    congressional committees, legislative bodies, legislative process, management, organizational structure, state government, state legislators, state legislatures, state politics

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1981

Date of Collection:   

  • 1981

Universe:    American state legislators in 1981.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    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.

Data Source:

mailback questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   1985-12-20

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