Eagleton Institute of Politics
191 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8557
Phone (732) 932-9384 x251
- State legislatures
- State politics
- State policymaking
- Legislative ethics
Publications and Activities
- The Decline of Representative Democracy (1998)
- The Third House: Lobbyists and Lobbying in the States, 2nd ed. (2001)
- Republic on Trial: The Case for Representative Democracy, with John Hibbing, Burdett Loomis, and Karl Kurtz (2002)
- Heavy Lifting: The Job of the American Legislature (CQ Press, 2004).
- Engines of Democracy: Politics and Policymaking in State Legislatures (CA Press, 2009).
- The Best Job in Politics: Exploring How Governors Succeed as Policy Leaders (CQ Press 2012).
Alan Rosenthal is a Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. He served as director of the Eagleton Institute from 1974-1994.
He has collaborated in activities with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the Council of State Governments (CSG), and the State Legislative Leaders Foundations (SLLF). He has supervised comprehensive studies of legislative organizations and procedures commissioned by the legislatures of Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, and Wisconsin and has worked with legislatures in 30 other states.
In New Jersey he chaired the Ad Hoc Commission on Legislative Ethics and Campaign Finance, which in 1990 was appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and President of the Senate. In 1992 and 2001 he was selected to be the independent member and to chair the New Jersey Congressional Redistricting Commission. In 1993 he received the Governor’s Award for Public Service in New Jersey. He was appointed by the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court to be the independent member of the New Jersey legislative apportionment commission. Recently, he served as chair of the New Jersey Legislature’s ethics committee.
In 1995 he received the American Political Science Association’s Charles E. Merriam Award which honors a person whose published work and career represent a significant contribution to the art of government through the application of social science research. In 2006 he was given a career achievement award as “Champion of the Legislative Process” by NCSL and SLLF.
His writing on state legislatures and state politics includes Legislative Life (Harper and Row, 1981); The Third House: Lobbyists and Lobbying in The States, 2nd edition (CQ Press, 2001); Drawing The Line: Legislative Ethics in The States (University of Nebraska Press, 1996); The Decline of Representative Democracy (CQ Press, 1998); Republic on Trial: The Case for Representative Democracy, with John Hibbing, Burdett Loomis, and Karl Kurtz (CQ Press, 2002); Heavy Lifting: The Job Of The American Legislature (CQ Press, 2004); Engines of Democracy: Politics and Policymaking in State Legislatures (CQ Press, 2009), and The Best Job in Politics: Exploring How Governors Succeed as Policy Leaders (CQ Press 2012).