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Outside Looking In Lobbyists' Views on Civil Discourse in U.S. State Legislature

Conference Papers


Lovrich, N., Benjamin, F., Pierce, J., & Schreckhise, W. (2022). Lobbyists’ Views on Civil Discourse and Institutional Gridlock: Results from a National Survey of State Legislative Lobbyists and Public Agency Legislative Liaison Officers. Paper prepared for presentation at the 2022 annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 7-10. [PDF]

Kettler, J., Fowler, L., & Witt, S. (2022). Gender, Lobbying, and Civility in Statehouses. Paper prepared for presentation at the 2022 annual meeting of the Western Social Science Association, Denver, Colorado, March 30 – April 2. [PDF]

Benjamin, F., Lovrich, N., Pierce, J., & Schreckhise, W. (2022). OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: Lobbyists’ Views on Civil Discourse in U.S. State Legislatures. Paper presented at the 2022 annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Portland, Oregon, March 8-13. [PDF]



Fri. Apr 1, 2022

State Legislative Lobbyists’ Views on Civil Discourse in US State Legislatures: Has Congressional Incivility Permeated US State Legislatures?


Authors: Stephanie Witt; Francis Benjamin; Nicholas Lovrich; Steven Stehr

The recent advent of gridlock and hyper-partisanship in the United States Congress has raised questions about whether similar divides are occurring in state governments, and if so, why? Using data gathered throughout 2018 and 2019 from a survey of registered lobbyists and public agency liaison officers in all 50 states, we investigate the extent that incivility and polarization has come to characterize state legislatures.


2020 State Politics Conference – Cancelled due to COVID-19

Burdett Loomis and John Pierce (KU), “Non-profits and their unique perspective on the civility in legislative processes: Does Non-rent-seeking make a difference?”

William Schreckheis (Univ. of Arkansas) and Francis Benjamin (WSU) on the connection between legislative professionalism and legislative civility & quality of legislative deliberation.

Stephanie Witt, Luke Fowler, and Jaclyn Kettler, Boise State University. A partial replication of Fowler and Witt (Publius 2019) preemption of local government authority by state governments, using legislative civility score in multivariate model for explaining preemptive actions.

Christopher Simon (Utah) and Nicholas Lovrich (WSU), Political Culture, Historical Legacy, and Contemporary Levels of Civil Discourse in US State Legislatures.