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You want more information about term limits?

Of course you do. And I’ve got you covered. Via email from Robert Stein, I give you the following:

– A research paper from 2002, co-authored by Dr. Stein, called “Public Support for Term Limits: Another Look at Conventional Thinking”. It’s a fairly technical overview of research on people’s attitudes towards term limits. The main finding:

We qualify the conventional wisdom that term limits are mostly a Republican issue: Support for term limits is more a function of the incongruence between an individual’s expressed partisanship and the party of their representative than of the individual’s party affiliation. Further, the effect of unsatisfactory representation is strongly related to a voter’s engagement with politics and willingness to monitor political affairs actively.

In other words, if you’re a Democrat with a spotty voting record living in Montgomery County, you probably support the idea of term limits.

– A comparative look at cities with term limits and how their adoption has affected turnover and diversity in their governments.

– Graphical representations of the data in that previous document for minority and female representation on City Council.

– A bunch more links on the city’s Term Limits Review Commission page, including the results of the 2004 term limits survey and the proposed wording for an updated term limits survey.

My thanks to Dr. Stein for sending all this to me. Happy reading!

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  1. […] Last month, I posted several links with information and research relating to term limits, including the results of a 2004 City of Houston survey about them and the proposed wording for an updated survey. That updated survey has been done, and the results were emailed to me this morning by Rice University’s Dr. Robert Stein. You can see a presentation of the results here, with the text of the questions and crosstab data here. Some highlights: […]