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Every Election Brings a Lame Duck Session

The term lame duck refers to “a person, legislature, or administration that continues to hold office after losing an election��? (“Lame duck,��? 2010). The term “lame duck��? has also been used to describe a second term President who is not eligible for re-election and a session of Congress taking place between a congressional election and the convening of the just elected Congress. A “lame duck��? session of Congress includes both exiting members and members who will be returning to the next session of Congress. Both groups, for various reasons, may vote differently in a lame duck session than they would have in the preceding regular Congressional session.
It is expected that after this year’s midterm elections, we will have another lame duck Congress; what effects could this have on public policy? One of the issues likely to be considered is an extension of the “Bush tax cuts��?.

UAlbany has many full-text resources available, including journal articles at Academic Search Complete [http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/search?vid=1&hid=17&sid=09b06852-ced9-4dd8-bf0e-3e1bf6ca9824%40sessionmgr11] and JSTOR and newspaper articles at LexisNexis Academic. Most of the resources located below can be accessed remotely by logging in with your UAlbany account or found at the library.

Baumann, D. (2004). How lame is a lame duck anyway? National Journal, 36(39), 2898-2899. Available in Academic Search Complete database.

Brady, D. W., and McCubbins, M. D. (Eds.). (2007). Party, process, and political change in Congress. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. University Library: JK 1021 P38 2002

Franklin, D., and Westin, T. (1998). Predicting the institutional effects of term limits. Public Choice, 96(3/4), 381-393. Available in JSTOR database.

Herszenhorn, D. M. (2008, November 21). Lame duck? The dodo seems a more apt bird.
The New York Times, pp. A23. Available in LexisNexis Academic database.

Jenkins, J. A., and Nokken, T. P. (2008). Partisanship, the Electoral Connection, and Lame-Duck Sessions of Congress, 1877-2006. The Journal of Politics, 70(2), 450-465. Available from Cambridge Journals online (see journal record in Minerva).

Lame duck. (2010). in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics. Available from Oxford Online Reference (see e-book record in Minerva).

Parker, G. R. (2005). Reputational capital, opportunism, and self-policing in legislatures. Public Choice, 122(3/4), 333-354. Available in JSTOR database.

Nagle, J. (1998, December 21). On the authority of lame ducks. The Washington Post, pp. A28. Available in LexisNexis Academic database.

Newton-Small, J. (2010). GOP goes (lame) duck hunting. Time, 176(6), 12. Available in Academic Search Complete database.

Rothenberg, L. S., and Sanders, M. S. (2000). Lame-Duck politics: Impending departure and the votes on impeachment. Political Research Quarterly, 53(3), 523-536. Available in JSTOR database.

Thiessen, M. A. (2010, August 17). Mark Kirk, the lame-duck killer. The Washington Post, [n.p.]. Available in LexisNexis Academic database.

If you are interested in researching the past actions of lame duck sessions of Congress, come talk to Dick Irving our Political Science, Public Policy and Public Administration bibliographer. His expertise will help you efficiently find the resources you need. Give him a call at 442-3693 or email him at ririving@uamail.albany.edu.

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