Legislative Term Limits and Polarization

  title={Legislative Term Limits and Polarization},
  author={Michael Olson and Jon C. Rogowski},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={572 - 586}
How do legislative term limits affect representation? Proponents’ arguments that term limits would reduce partisan conflict and improve the quality of representation have received surprisingly little empirical scrutiny. We argue that term limits increase party polarization by changing legislators’ electoral and career incentives, in turn increasing the role of parties in legislative processes. Using panel data on roll call voting patterns from 1993 to 2016, we show that term limits produced… 
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