Contrasting the American and Canadian Subnational Legislatures

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In a recent (Autumn 1988) issue of this Review, there appeared an article entitled, "Full-Time House, Part-Time Member?"1 It argued that Canadian MLAs are undergoing the stress of trying to reconcile the public image of their job as a part-time legislator with the fact that the demands of the job are full-time. This situation is not unlike what we find in American state legislatures and it spurred us to think about the types of people who serve in the subnational legislatures of both countries. Are they similar? Do they share similar backgrounds? Or do the differences between the subnational political systems of these two countries yield different types of participants?

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