The Controversy Over Electing Judges and Advocacy in Political Science

Justice System Journal, December 2009

16 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2009

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Melinda Gann Hall

Michigan State University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: April 24, 2009

Abstract

This essay briefly discusses the factual inaccuracies and conceptual muddle driving the movement to end the election of judges, and argues for the importance of advocacy from political scientists to balance the current doomsday rhetoric and provide a more informed and empirically grounded basis upon which to build discussions of judicial selection. The essay also provides three examples where additional study would provide considerable insight into the practice of electing judges and would likely support the efficacy of democratic processes.

Keywords: judicial elections, accountability, judicial reform, state courts, state supreme courts, state politics

JEL Classification: cmbo

Suggested Citation

Hall, Melinda Gann, The Controversy Over Electing Judges and Advocacy in Political Science (April 24, 2009). Justice System Journal, December 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1394512

Melinda Gann Hall (Contact Author)

Michigan State University - Department of Political Science ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824
United States
517-432-2380 (Phone)

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