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by William Ker Muir

Category: Americas
Subcategory: History books
Author: William Ker Muir
ISBN: 0226546268
ISBN13: 978-0226546261
Language: English
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr (April 1, 1985)
Pages: 220
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William K. Muir, J. explains how a legislature works, bringing the whole process to life through his extraordinary gift for describing people and events.

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William Ker Muir, J. is professor emeritus of political science at the University of California at Berkeley. He is also the author of Legislature: California's School for Politics, and Prayer in the Public Schools: Law and Attitude Change, both published by the University of Chicago Press. Библиографические данные. Police: Streetcorner Politicians.

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William K. explains how a legislature works, bringing the whole process to life through his extraordinary gift for describing people and events

William K. From his observation of the 1975-76 session of the California State Legislature, he contends that a good legislature functions as a good school, educating its members in the science of public policy and the arts of politics.

Muir, William Ker was born on October 30, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Son of William Ker and Florence Taylor (Bodman) Muir. Bachelor of Arts, Yale University, 1954; Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1965; Juris Doctor, University of Michigan, 1958.

He is also the author of "Legislature: California's School for Politics," and "Prayer in the Public Schools: Law and Attitude Change," both published by the University of Chicago Press. Freedom in America by William Ker Muir (Paperback, 2011). Brand new: lowest price.

California's legislature must therefore have undergone a stunning decline in the past three decades

California's legislature must therefore have undergone a stunning decline in the past three decades. What role the initiative process had in this deterioration is a chicken-and-egg question. In Hiram Johnson's day initiatives seemed to be needed as a check on a venal legislature. In the days when William Muir praised California's school for politics, new lawmakers often spent years learning their trade in various committees before becoming leaders of their party or chamber. Such learning has become impossible.

William K. Muir, Jr., explains how a legislature works, bringing the whole process to life through his extraordinary gift for describing people and events. From his observation of the 1975-76 session of the California State Legislature, he contends that a good legislature functions as a good school, educating its members in the science of public policy and the arts of politics. When a legislature works well, as did California's, it provides its members with an education in patriotism, love of justice, and wisdom.
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Bandiri
This book is based on interviews with 28 California legislators conducted in 1977-78. The author was a legislative committee staffer in 1975-76.

Lobbyists who were knowledgeable were considered as being the best lobbyists. Legislators seek expert advice and most appreciate those lobbyists who could provide it.

Legislators who wished to oppose bills found their legislative peers expected them to state their objections. This is to give advocates a chance to clarify any misperceptions. Legislators who vote against other legislators consistently often found themselves ostracized by other legislators.

Many legislators propose bills that are specific to their district, such as buying property or closing down something. Many of these legislators seek to build coalitions with other legislators with their own "district" bills that will win approval for several district bills.

Legislators need to know how to handle conflicts. They also need to know how to use power appropriately in order to get their legislation passed.

People with specialized knowledge could go far in the legislative process. A legislator who understood the nuisances of a topic could win the respect of other legislators. Many might defer reaching their own opinions in respect to the opinions of the legislators who were specialists on particular topics.

Legislators face dilemmas when working harder can lead to gaining more enemies. The legislator who does less may engage in fewer conflicts and may keep more friends.

Legislators are expected to vote according to a norm that allows them to oppose a matter on its merits if they are familiar with the merits. Otherwise, the legislator is expected to vote in favor of a proposal, or to follow a leadership position on a proposal.

California established the Office of Legislative Analyst in 194. It had 44 technicians and a $1.5 million budget in 1975. The Governor's office confidentially shares information on developing a budget proposal with this office so the legislative analysts could promptly provide detailed information of the Governor's budget proposal, a document that was over 1,200 pages in the mid-1970s.

Legislators usually found their careers were advance by sharing their knowledge about issues to other legislators. Legislators also are less apt to move into developing specializations of knowledge about issues where others already have developed that expertise.

The author argues that knowledge about bills and the legislative process are the keys to legislators rising to the top of the legislative system. These legislators generally have the most proposals passed. Republicans were respected by the Democratic majority, as noted that 11 of the top 21 legislators in received the highest percentage of their bills passed were Republicans. Six of the top 24 legislators who got the most bills passed were first termers. It is noted some legislators who had low success rates in getting bills passed were specialists on controversial major bills that were narrowly defeated.

Most legislators felt a need to accomplish something. They learned the process to achieve goals and followed norms to fit into a system that advanced their ideals.
Vudojar
This book is based on interviews with 28 California legislators conducted in 1977-78. The author was a legislative committee staffer in 1975-76.

Lobbyists who were knowledgeable were considered as being the best lobbyists. Legislators seek expert advice and most appreciate those lobbyists who could provide it.

Legislators who wished to oppose bills found their legislative peers expected them to state their objections. This is to give advocates a chance to clarify any misperceptions. Legislators who vote against other legislators consistently often found themselves ostracized by other legislators.

Many legislators propose bills that are specific to their district, such as buying property or closing down something. Many of these legislators seek to build coalitions with other legislators with their own "district" bills that will win approval for several district bills.

Legislators need to know how to handle conflicts. They also need to know how to use power appropriately in order to get their legislation passed.

People with specialized knowledge could go far in the legislative process. A legislator who understood the nuisances of a topic could win the respect of other legislators. Many might defer reaching their own opinions in respect to the opinions of the legislators who were specialists on particular topics.

Legislators face dilemmas when working harder can lead to gaining more enemies. The legislator who does less may engage in fewer conflicts and may keep more friends.

Legislators are expected to vote according to a norm that allows them to oppose a matter on its merits if they are familiar with the merits. Otherwise, the legislator is expected to vote in favor of a proposal, or to follow a leadership position on a proposal.

California established the Office of Legislative Analyst in 194. It had 44 technicians and a $1.5 million budget in 1975. The Governor's office confidentially shares information on developing a budget proposal with this office so the legislative analysts could promptly provide detailed information of the Governor's budget proposal, a document that was over 1,200 pages in the mid-1970s.

Legislators usually found their careers were advance by sharing their knowledge about issues to other legislators. Legislators also are less apt to move into developing specializations of knowledge about issues where others already have developed that expertise.

The author argues that knowledge about bills and the legislative process are the keys to legislators rising to the top of the legislative system. These legislators generally have the most proposals passed. Republicans were respected by the Democratic majority, as noted that 11 of the top 21 legislators in received the highest percentage of their bills passed were Republicans. Six of the top 24 legislators who got the most bills passed were first termers. It is noted some legislators who had low success rates in getting bills passed were specialists on controversial major bills that were narrowly defeated.

Most legislators felt a need to accomplish something. They learned the process to achieve goals and followed norms to fit into a system that advanced their ideals.
BlackHaze
I read this book in 1990. It makes a strong case for the benefit to the public of veteran legislators who develop relationships across the aisle and the subject matter expertise that is essential to enact effective reform legislation on complex topics. This conclusion led Professor Muir, a lifelong Republican, to break with most members of his party and oppose a 1990 state constitutional amendment imposing term limits. California voters narrowly approved the term limits measure, which applies to statewide officeholders and members of the two houses of the state legislature.

The book singles out Bill Lockyer as a smart and hard-working Democrat who mastered the art of negotiating bi-partisan support for important legislation. Thirty years after the book's pubication, Lockyer announced on June 4, 2013, that he will not seek election to another public office when he is termed out as State Treasurer in January 2015. This will end a 40-year career in California elective office that included 10 years in the State Assembly, 15 years in the State Senate, 8 years as State Attorney General and 7 years as State Treasurer.
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