Reducing partisanship in judicial elections can improve judge quality: Evidence from U.S. state supreme courts

2021 ◽  
Vol 201 ◽  
pp. 104478
Elliott Ash ◽  
W. Bentley MacLeod
2016 ◽  
Vol 17 (1) ◽  
pp. 24-46 ◽  
Benjamin Woodson

Judicial elections have two opposing effects on legitimacy perceptions for state supreme courts. Elections not only provide a boost to legitimacy through the chance to hold officials accountable but also involve campaign activity that decreases legitimacy perceptions. This article examines these two opposing effects using a nationally representative survey that includes items assessing diffuse support for state supreme courts. It uses multiple indicators to differentiate between states with highly active election systems involving large amounts of campaign activity and states with less active elections systems that involve little campaign activity. The results from the survey show that the legitimacy of elected courts is higher than appointed courts but only in states with little election activity. In states with high amounts of election activity, the legitimacy of elected courts is lower than appointed courts.

2010 ◽  
Vol 31 (3) ◽  
pp. 273-289 ◽  
Richard L. Vining ◽  
Teena Wilhelm ◽  
Sara E. Hiers ◽  
Phil Marcin

2019 ◽  
Vol 40 (4) ◽  
pp. 286-301 ◽  
Richard L. Vining ◽  
Teena Wilhelm ◽  
Emily Wanless

2007 ◽  
Vol 7 (3) ◽  
pp. 207-221 ◽  
Dragomir Cosanici

AbstractThis study by Dragomir Cosanici provides a bibliometric, comparative study of the citation practices of the state supreme courts in the common law jurisdictions of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio, USA during a recent ten-year span (1994–2004). It focuses on the type of legal materials most frequently cited as authority, examining the importance of both primary and secondary sources. It specifically analyses the growing usage of electronic citations by the four supreme courts.

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