Patterns of Campaign Spending and Electoral Competition in State Supreme Court Elections

Justice System Journal, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 21-38, 2004

34 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2007

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Chris W. Bonneau

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Political Science

Abstract

One of the hottest topics in politics today is the method by which state supreme court justices are selected. The debate over whether judges should be appointed or elected (or some combination of both) is raging in several state legislatures, as well as in the media. State supreme court elections have been heavily criticized for the increasing amounts of money that have been raised and spent during campaigns for the state high court bench. In this article, I examine the trends in campaign spending and electoral contests in all contested state supreme court races from 1990-2000.

Suggested Citation

Bonneau, Chris W., Patterns of Campaign Spending and Electoral Competition in State Supreme Court Elections. Justice System Journal, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 21-38, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1012936

Chris W. Bonneau (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Political Science ( email )

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