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By Megan McClure

This year marks the 400th anniversary of representative democracy on American soil.

Statehouse columnsTo help commemorate and deepen knowledge surrounding the history, role, demography and modern institution of state legislatures, the journal PS: Political Science & Politics is offering limited-time free access to its State Legislatures at 400 Symposium until May 15.

PS: Political Science & Politics is the journal of record for the discipline of political science reporting on research, teaching and professional development.

The virtual symposium features seven articles by renowned scholars in political science and American government. Topics include an assessment of state legislative research, a discussion of state legislatures as national actors, a look at political polarization, state legislative demography and the relevance of state legislatures as institutions.

Become an expert and flex your intellectual muscles on the topic of the state legislative institution as we approach the momentous anniversary of representative democracy in the United States.

Megan McClure is senior staff assistant in NCSL's Legislative Staff Services Program.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.