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Enshrining policy in a state’s constitution means that it is more likely to be rewritten as the makeup of the state legislature changes.

Cayton, Adam (2016) Enshrining policy in a state’s constitution means that it is more likely to be rewritten as the makeup of the state legislature changes. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (19 Aug 2016). Website.

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Abstract

Just as the US has a founding document – The Constitution – the states themselves have their own constitutions. But what influences how and when these documents are altered? In new research, Adam Cayton compares the partisan makeup of state legislatures in every year since 1834 to the year in which a state’s constitution was enacted to see when they are replaced. He finds that a state’s constitution is more likely to be replaced when the constitution includes a large amount of policy content and the composition of the legislature has changed.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science © CC BY-NC 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2017 16:28
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2019 23:22
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/69239

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