WMU News

Visiting professor discusses state legislatures

Nov. 26, 2003

KALAMAZOO--An expert on how national and state legislators represent their constituents will speak at Western Michigan University Friday, Dec. 5, as part of the Institute of Government and Politics Distinguished Speakers Series.

Dr. Gerald Wright, professor of political science at the University of Indiana, will present "Representation in the U.S. State Legislatures," at 3 p.m. in Room 3309 of Friedmann Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

"Representation is fundamental to democracy in America, but we know little about the relationships between legislators and those who elect them," says Wright.

His research has produced a comprehensive body of data on the 101 chambers that make up state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. The lecture will address the different forms of policy representation within these elected bodies.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Political Science's Institute of Government and Politics. For more information, contact (269) 387-5692.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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