Party and Representation: Legislative Politics in Pennsylvania

Party and Representation: Legislative Politics in Pennsylvania

Party and Representation: Legislative Politics in Pennsylvania

Party and Representation: Legislative Politics in Pennsylvania

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Since Chapter I and the appendixes contain statements of the goals and procedures of this study, it is not necessary to repeat them at length here. This book embodies my convictions of the necessity to study political parties as political organizations with organizational characteristics, functions, and activities. To that end, I have studied the operating political party as it enters the process of representation at crucial points.

By the very nature of the project I have had to develop new types of data with which to study the parties. Large sections of the study rest on data other than the usual vote totals, census data, and legislative roll calls. Many of those data came from field interviews in the state capital and many of the Pennsylvania counties. For many of the data, I have had to develop new categories and typologies. For these reasons, especially, I have tried to set down my procedures carefully. They may suggest criticisms, improvements, and points of departure for other scholars. I know . . .

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