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Twisted Roots: Cointegrated Explanations of Transformation within the Federal Judicial Appointment Process


Marcus E. Hendershot


Oklahoma State University

November 21, 2009

CELS 2009 4th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper

Abstract:     
This analysis presents a macro-level time series analysis of transformation within the judicial appointment process that evaluates the political party, judicial agenda, and interest group accounts of change. The presence of cointegration between measures related to these three hypotheses requires a more complex vector error correction estimation strategy that can capture endogenous relationships within independent variables and at the same time explain the short and long term dynamics of selection and confirmation. The results suggest that the judicial agenda and party realignment offer the best explanations of selection variance and that presidential partisan unity and interest group mobilization are the most robust predictors of confirmation.

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Keywords: judges, appointments, party realignment, judicial agenda, interest groups

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Date posted: March 12, 2009 ; Last revised: November 9, 2009

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Hendershot, Marcus E., Twisted Roots: Cointegrated Explanations of Transformation within the Federal Judicial Appointment Process (November 21, 2009). CELS 2009 4th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1358368 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1358368

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Marcus E. Hendershot (Contact Author)
Oklahoma State University ( email )
Department of Political Science
201 Murray Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078-0555
United States
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