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date: 01 December 2020

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The term “sub-national legislature” encompasses a multitude of elected bodies located outside national capitals. Scholars of political science have increasingly focused on the study of sub-national legislatures in order to understand governance and political behavior across a range of democratic systems. This chapter looks at sub-national legislatures, with emphasis on the intermediate regional level. It provides an overview of research on sub-national legislatures to assess where the field is today and to identify pressing issues for future investigation. It charts the development of research on sub-national legislatures by disaggregating the field into three core areas: recruitment and elections, legislative behavior, and institutional design. It also considers recent research frontiers in the study of sub-national legislatures.

Keywords: sub-national legislatures, governance, political behavior, recruitment, elections, legislative behavior, institutional design

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