The Center for Legislative Studies is a member of the Association of Centers for
the Study of Congress and shares the organization's goals of promoting a
better understanding of the U.S. Congress through research, public outreach and
public education about Congress and its workings.
Center for Legislative Studies is an
institutional partner with the Democracy in Africa Research Unit of the Centre
for Social Science Research at the
in a major
comparative project entitled the African Legislatures Project (ALP).
ALP is a path-breaking project that involves the following components:
(1) systematic data collection on the structures and procedures of national
legislatures in all 48
of sub-Saharan Africa; (2) intensive in-country data collection on selected
aspects of legislative performance as well as matching interviews of select
samples of legislators and citizens in 18 countries currently covered by the
Afrobarometer surveys; (3) theoretically grounded analysis and publication of
results in refereed political science journals, as well as through regular
working papers; (4) utilization of the data and analysis for outreach and
enhancing in-country and donor-supported legislative strengthening programs; and
(5) creation of website for disseminating the data and the working paper.
is organized and managed by four principal investigators: (1) Professor Joel
Professor Robert M. Mattes,
Cape Town; (3) Professor Shaheen Mozaffar, Bridgewater State University; (4) Ms. Lia Nijzink,
Nijzink also serves as the Project Manager.
Last Modified: April 29, 2011