PATRICIA K. FREEMAN AND LILLIARD E. RICHARDSON, JR.
Explaining Variation in Casework Among State Legislators
Legislative Studies Quarterly XXI:41-56
What variables affect the provision of casework in state legislatures? Using survey data of legislators collected in four states, we examine what influences legislators' commitment of time to the provision of constituency service. We find that several variables affect the amount of time legislators devote to casework: state-level factors, the number of demands made on the legislator, and the legislator's belief about what is important. We also examine the relationship between the legislator's time commitment and different types of service activities.