TITLE

House Term Limits: A Distorted Picture

AUTHOR(S)
Oppenheimer, Bruce I.
PUB. DATE
December 1995
SOURCE
Social Science Quarterly (University of Texas Press);Dec95, Vol. 76 Issue 4, p725
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents a comment on an article, on the consequences of imposing a three or six-term restriction on service in the US House of Representatives, published in the December, 1995 issue of "Social Science Quarterly." The article states that there is a misplaced nostalgia for Congress of the nineteenth century. In the era of high voluntary turnover, Congress was openly corrupt and disorderly. Partisanship was such that seats were frequently stolen in resolving contested elections. Personal rancor of the era makes today's negative politics seem tame. The article highlights on the effects of term limits on minority representation. It has been shown that nonwhites have an average tenure that is 35 percent greater than whites, although this difference is not much cause for concern because nonwhites are likely to be replaced by other nonwhites. Thus, nonwhite representation would not be significantly eroded. A term-limited House would deprive nonwhites of influence advantages linked to length of service. And there is certainly no guarantee that they would receive leadership positions proportionate to their numbers in a term-limited institution.
ACCESSION #
9511292658

 

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