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Study Report

Study Number: MB-004-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1958

Subject Area: Decision Making in Deliberative Bodies

Bibliographic Citation: Legislative behavior study, 1958.  [machine-readable data file] / Eulau, Heinz  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7209

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy and 1 accompanied book report.

Abstract: These data were collected by interview during the 1957 sessions of the California, New Jersey, Ohio, and Tennessee state legislatures. Interviews were obtained from 474 of 504 legislators. There are 279 variables in the dataset. The interview focused on the perceptions and behavior of members within the legislature, with special emphasis on the legislators' perceptions of the workings of the legislature, the roles and tasks of legislators as well as institutional and party officials, the workings of political parties and pressure groups and their bearing on substantive policy issues, and the influence patterns within the legislature. In addition, the respondents were questioned on their recruitment into politics, their political orientation, perception of their job, political motivations and aspirations, their responsibility to party, constituents, and pressure groups.

SUBJECT TERMS: congressional attitudes and behavior. legislative job-function. policy issues. political recruitment. pressure groups. state legislatures. California. New Jersey. Ohio. Tennessee.


Wahlke, John D., Heinz Eyulau, William Buchanan, and LeRoy C. Ferguson. The Legislative System: Explorations in Behavior. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1962.

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