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ERIC Number: ED515127
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 48
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Hard Times in America's Laboratory for Democracy: Wisconsin Legislative Politics 1966 and 2006
Stampen, Jacob
Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (NJ1)
This paper compares the personal background characteristics and voting behavior of Wisconsin state legislators in two legislative sessions separated by 40 years (1965-1966 and 2005-2006). The study uses cluster analysis to graphically display the differences in the voting patterns of the two sessions, an indicator that can be used in this and other legislative settings to signal the need for investigation and reform. Findings of the analysis indicate little change in the personal characteristics of the legislators but major differences in voting behavior. This suggests a dramatic and arguably harmful shift in the operation of the state's political system, which could impact policymaking in higher education and other areas. Speculation on how the political shift occurred and possible directions for the future are included. Appended are: (1) Wisconsin's Legislative Accomplishments; (2) Changes in Wisconsin Legislators' Background Characteristics; and (3) Changes in Wisconsin Legislators' Behavioral Characteristics. (Contains 19 tables, 3 figures and 21 footnotes.)
Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 326 Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706-1386. Tel: 608-265-6342; Fax: 608-262-4881; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin