Electing Judges: The Surprising Effects of Campaigning on Judicial Legitimacy

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University of Chicago Press, Sep 20, 2012 - Political Science - 226 pages
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In Electing Judges, leading judicial politics scholar James L. Gibson responds tothe growing chorus of critics who fear that the politics of running for office undermine judicial independence and even the rule of law. While many people have opinions on the topic, few have supported them with actual empirical evidence. Gibson rectifies this situation, offering the most systematic and comprehensive study to date of the impact of campaigns on public perceptions of fairness, impartiality, and the legitimacy of elected state courts—and his findings are both counterintuitive and controversial. Gibson finds that ordinary Americans do not conclude from campaign promises that judges are incapable of making impartial decisions. Instead, he shows, they understand the process of deciding cases to be an exercise in policy making, rather than of simply applying laws to individual cases—and consequently think it’s important for candidates to reveal where they stand on important issues. Negative advertising also turns out to have a limited effect on perceptions of judicial legitimacy, though the same cannot be said for widely hated campaign contributions. Taking both the good and bad into consideration, Gibson argues persuasively that elections are ultimately beneficial in boosting the institutional legitimacy of courts, despite the slight negative effects of some campaign activities. Electing Judges will initiate a lively debate inside both the halls of justice and the academy.
 

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Contents

The New Style Judicial Elections in the American States
1
Republican Party of Minnesota v White and Perceptions of Judicial Impartiality
23
Can Campaign Activity Cross the Line?
57
Diffuse Support for a State Supreme Court Judicial Legitimacy in Kentucky
70
Expectancy Theory and Judicial Legitimacy
87
Judges Elections and the American Mass Public The Effects of Judicial Campaigns on the Legitimacy of Courts
105
Judicial Campaigns Elections for Judges and Court Legitimacy Do Judicial Elections Really Stink?
129
Legal Developments PostWhite
143
Question Wording
168
The Distributions of Key Analytical Variables
171
Interactive Analysis
172
Measuring Support for Democratic Institutions and Processes
173
Question Wording
175
Adding Control Variables
180
Notes
183
References
207

The Surveys
146
Experimental Vignettes
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James L. Gibson is the Sidney W. Souers Professor of Government at Washington University in St. Louis and Professor Extraordinaire in Political Science at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He is the author or coauthor of eight books, including Citizens, Courts, and Confirmations, and is the recipient of an APSA Lifetime Achievement Award.

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