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California State University – Sacramento

1. Warden-Washington, Angela Jeanice. Impact of term limits: the legislative staff perspective.

Degree: MA, Government, 2010, California State University – Sacramento

Term limits have existed in California for almost twenty years and during that time, many political scientists have researched the topic. However, very little research exists on the subtopic of term limits and legislative staff. In an era of term limits it is important to see if term limits have caused positive or negative impacts to legislative staff and what implications that might have for policy and process. For this research I conducted original in-person interviews with legislative staffers, supplemented by an on-line survey. Though this exploration may not be conclusive, it is one of the first attempts to analyze term limits through the lens of staff experience. I find that the California Legislature has been negatively impacted by term limits. Legislative staff are turning over at a faster rate than during the era of pre-term limits. Staff are less experienced and have become overly reliant on lobbyists. Advisors/Committee Members: Nalder, Kimberly L..

Subjects/Keywords: Proposition 140; Legislative term limits; California legislative staff

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APA (6th Edition):

Warden-Washington, A. J. (2010). Impact of term limits: the legislative staff perspective. (Masters Thesis). California State University – Sacramento. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10211.9/189

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Warden-Washington, Angela Jeanice. “Impact of term limits: the legislative staff perspective.” 2010. Masters Thesis, California State University – Sacramento. Accessed February 23, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10211.9/189.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Warden-Washington, Angela Jeanice. “Impact of term limits: the legislative staff perspective.” 2010. Web. 23 Feb 2019.

Vancouver:

Warden-Washington AJ. Impact of term limits: the legislative staff perspective. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. California State University – Sacramento; 2010. [cited 2019 Feb 23]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.9/189.

Council of Science Editors:

Warden-Washington AJ. Impact of term limits: the legislative staff perspective. [Masters Thesis]. California State University – Sacramento; 2010. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.9/189


California State University – Sacramento

2. Amos, Neil G. Characteristics of press coverage: candidates and ballot issues in California.

Degree: MA, Government, 2010, California State University – Sacramento

Scholars have found contrasts in media coverage for different types of candidate races (e.g. Senator and Governor). However, existing research has not assessed the coverage received by candidates and ballot measures in states such as California, which utilize the initiative process extensively. This thesis examines media coverage of both direct and indirect democracy to determine contrasts in such coverage. I examined media coverage of five elections to determine the character of media content for statewide races featuring both candidates and ballot measures, using newspaper content from The Sacramento Bee and the San Francisco Chronicle. In addition to tabulating the quantity of coverage, I assessed the issue substance of the content to determine if issue based campaigns are more likely to receive issues-based coverage. Additionally, I considered the presence of elite endorsements for ballot measures, which have a demonstrable impact on voters. Additionally, I examined instances in which ballot measure issues permeate candidate contests by setting their issue agendas. This study found that ballot measure contests are substantially more likely to be covered on issue terms than candidate contests. This is especially the case when candidates appear on the ballot alongside initiative contests. Many other characteristics of coverage are similar, however. Elite endorsements are very frequent, indicating that voters are also able to assess initiative contests heuristically. Issue agenda setting is less frequent, indicating that ballot issues are not necessarily driving the broader statewide issue conversation. Advisors/Committee Members: Nalder, Kimberly L..

Subjects/Keywords: Campaigns; Press coverage; Initiative process

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APA (6th Edition):

Amos, N. G. (2010). Characteristics of press coverage: candidates and ballot issues in California. (Masters Thesis). California State University – Sacramento. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10211.9/672

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Amos, Neil G. “Characteristics of press coverage: candidates and ballot issues in California.” 2010. Masters Thesis, California State University – Sacramento. Accessed February 23, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10211.9/672.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Amos, Neil G. “Characteristics of press coverage: candidates and ballot issues in California.” 2010. Web. 23 Feb 2019.

Vancouver:

Amos NG. Characteristics of press coverage: candidates and ballot issues in California. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. California State University – Sacramento; 2010. [cited 2019 Feb 23]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.9/672.

Council of Science Editors:

Amos NG. Characteristics of press coverage: candidates and ballot issues in California. [Masters Thesis]. California State University – Sacramento; 2010. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.9/672


California State University – Sacramento

3. Scott, Chad. Political cues? : effects of elite endorsements on voter awareness of ballot propositions during direct democratic elections.

Degree: MA, Government, 2010, California State University – Sacramento

Direct democracy is a form of political participation that allows individual citizens to make decisions about policy that will have an impact on the larger population. Direct democratic elections place a great deal of power and responsibility within the hands of voters, because the process bypasses the institutional lawmaking arena. Much research on direct democracy focuses on whether individual citizens have the capacity to yield so much power and assume such responsibility. The majority of research in this area has focused on individual level measures, such as: demographic and background data; level of knowledge about an issue; how voters make policy decisions; and how voters become informed. However, until recently the external factors that frame a political election cycle, and levels of voter awareness about ballot propositions have not been accounted for. This analysis takes the assessment of voter awareness one step further. First, by re-testing the importance of the political environment during proposition elections. Second, by measuring the effect of elite endorsements on voter awareness of specific ballot propositions. Both of these are important for understanding the context of an election and how this shapes how voters become informed of ballot propositions. This analysis utilized data collected from a variety of sources. The dependent variable, ballot proposition awareness, was measured by using survey data from the California Field Poll, years 1956-2008. Newspaper articles and editorials from the Los Angeles Times provided an assessment whether a ballot proposition received an elite endorsement. The Fair Political Practices Commission, the California Historical Archives and the California Secretary of State provided the reported total campaign spending for each ballot measure. All other aggregate data were collected from the California Secretary of State. The findings of this analysis substantiate the importance of the political environment during an election. The political environment provides an important context to an election cycle. The context of an election should be considered along with individual-level measures when attempting to gauge voter awareness of political issues, as wells as efforts directed toward predicting voter behavior in elections. While this analysis confirmed the impact of the political environment, there was insufficient evidence to support the thesis that endorsements made by political elites increase ballot proposition awareness during an election cycle. Advisors/Committee Members: Nalder, Kimberly L..

Subjects/Keywords: Elections; Ballot proposition; Direct democracy; Elite endorsements; Voter awareness

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APA (6th Edition):

Scott, C. (2010). Political cues? : effects of elite endorsements on voter awareness of ballot propositions during direct democratic elections. (Masters Thesis). California State University – Sacramento. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10211.9/847

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Scott, Chad. “Political cues? : effects of elite endorsements on voter awareness of ballot propositions during direct democratic elections.” 2010. Masters Thesis, California State University – Sacramento. Accessed February 23, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10211.9/847.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Scott, Chad. “Political cues? : effects of elite endorsements on voter awareness of ballot propositions during direct democratic elections.” 2010. Web. 23 Feb 2019.

Vancouver:

Scott C. Political cues? : effects of elite endorsements on voter awareness of ballot propositions during direct democratic elections. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. California State University – Sacramento; 2010. [cited 2019 Feb 23]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.9/847.

Council of Science Editors:

Scott C. Political cues? : effects of elite endorsements on voter awareness of ballot propositions during direct democratic elections. [Masters Thesis]. California State University – Sacramento; 2010. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.9/847

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