by Bill Wyatt
A new documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Frederick Wiseman has piqued the interest of many 'legislative junkies.' One of them, Dr. Alan Rosenthal, a professor of public policy at Rutgers University, chimes in on the movie on NCSL's State Legislatures Magazine Online.
In a review of the three hour 37 minute documentary, Rosenthal says that the video shows that "representative democracy may not be entertaining but it works." Rosenthal is struck by the diversity of issues that legislators must deal with and the attention that lawmakers give to their constituents. At the same time, he wishes that Wiseman had shown more of the processes of negotiation and compromise that are necessary to resolve conflicting points of view on proposed legislation.