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UIS professor is co-editor of new book on term limits

February 20, 2008

Contact: Christopher Mooney, 217/206-6573, cmoon1@uis.edu

SPRINGFIELD – Christopher Mooney, professor of Political Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield, is the co-editor – with Rick Farmer, Richard Powell, and John Green – of Legislating without Experience: Case Studies in State Legislative Term Limits (published by Lexington Books). Mooney is also the author of one chapter and co-author of another.

Legislative term limits are reshaping the political landscape in many states; however effects vary from state to state since a number of factors, ranging from the political environment to the level of legislative professionalism, can influence trends that are often attributed to term limits. This volume compares states with term limits to similar states without them, taking a case study approach that allows the authors to offer insights into the different legislative processes.

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Dr. Christopher Mooney

Mooney said that the book arose out of a larger project, the Joint Project on Term Limits, which brought together a group of political scientists and the National Conference of Legislatures, the Council of State Governments, and the State Legislative Leaders Foundation.

In addition to serving as a professor in UIS' political studies department, Mooney has a joint appointment in the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs. He is also the founding editor of State Politics and Policy Quarterly, the official journal of the State Politics and Policy section of the American Political Science Association. He has written numerous books and articles on state legislatures and public policy and can also be heard each week as a panelist on State Week in Review, an Illinois Public Radio program broadcast statewide.

Co-editor Farmer is director of committee staff at the Oklahoma House of Representatives and a fellow at the Ray Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron; Powell is associate professor of Political Science at the University of Maine; and Green is director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute and distinguished professor of Political Science at the University of Akron.

More information about the book is available at the Lexington Books website, or contact Mooney at 206-6573.

 

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