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Interviews with Alan Rosenthal

Alan Rosenthal is Professor of Public Policy at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Professor Rosenthal served as director of The Eagleton Institute from 1974-1994. His research and teaching interests are state legislatures and state politics. His numerous books include The Third House: Lobbyists and Lobbying In the States; Drawing the Line: Legislative Ethics in the States; The Decline of Representative Democracy; Republic on Trial; and Heavy Lifting: The Job of the American Legislature. His latest book, published in 2008, is Engines of Democracy: Politics and Policymaking in State Legislatures and he is currently writing a book on governors and policy leadership. He has worked with legislatures in most of the states and with the three national legislative organizations. In 2006 he was given an award for lifetime achievement from the National Conference of State Legislatures and the State Legislative Leaders Foundation. 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, which had responsibility for Congressional redistricting. He is currently chairman of the New Jersey Legislature’s Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards. In 1993 he received the Governor’s Award for Public Service in New Jersey. 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.


Interview on February 13, 2008Transcript available here (pdf)


Interview on April 23, 2008Transcript available here (pdf)


Interview on October 22, 2009