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Dedication and Tributes to Dr. Martha (Marty) Mullen

Steven Stehr and Sam ReedPREFACE I
Bradley McMillan, Craig Curtis, and Megan RemmelPREFACE II
Richard KimballEditors' IntroductionCHAPTER 1
Political Culture, Historical Legacy, and Contemporary Levels of Civil Discourse in U.S. State
Legislatures: Evidence on Selective Impact vs Ubiquitous Penetration of Incivility in U.S. State Legislatures
Nicholas P. Lovrich and Christopher A. SimonCHAPTER 2
The Connection between Legislative Professionalism and Legislative Civility
William D. Schreckhise and Francis A. BenjaminCHAPTER 3
Nonprofits, Civility, and the Legislative Processes: Does Public Interest Lobbying Make a Difference?
John C. Pierce and Burdett LoomisCHAPTER 4
Term Limits: Presumed and Actual Impact on Civility
William D. Schreckhise, Daniel E. Chand, and Francis A. BenjaminCHAPTER 5
The Perspectives of Former State Solons: Comparing Revolvers with Other Lobbyists
Francis A. Benjamin and Briana M. HuettCHAPTER 6
State Income Inequality and Incivility
Leanne S. Giordono, Brent S. Steel and Claire McMorrisCHAPTER 7
Rural and Urban Polarization and Civility in State Legislatures
Claire McMorris, Brent S. Steel and Leanne S. GiordonoCHAPTER 8
Modeling the Sources of Cross-State Differences in Legislative Civility
Luke Fowler, Stephanie L. Witt, and Jaclyn J. KettlerCHAPTER 9
From the Inside Looking In: State Legislative Civility from a Practitioner's Perspective
Karl KurtzCHAPTER 10
Encouraging Civility in State Legislatures: How to Train Legislators, and How to Measure the Results
Robert G. BoatrightCHAPTER 11
Summary Overview: Insights for Practitioners and Academics
John C. Pierce and Max NeimanContributors' BiographiesIndexes

About the Author

Nicholas P. Lovrich is Regents Professor Emeritus at Washington State University. He served as the director of the Division of Governmental Studies and Services for more than three decades.

Francis Benjamin is the Information Systems Coordinator and Psychology Shop Supervisor for the Washington State University Department of Psychology. He holds an M.A. in Political Science from Washington State University.

John Pierce is a faculty member at the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration as well as the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University. He has co-authored or co-edited approximately 20 books, essay collections, and research monographs, including Public Knowledge and Environmental Politics in Japan and the United States, and more than 150 scholarly articles, essays, and other materials.

William Schreckhise is an associate professor and the chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Arkansas. He received his Ph.D. from Washington State University and is the author of Evaluating American Democracy and Public Policymaking.


"The volume combines sophisticated academic analysis with observations and wisdom from practitioners who are concerned about state legislative polarization, gridlock, and uncivil behavior."--James A. Thurber, American University

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