Kagan’s Candor: Updated Findings from the Recent Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

10 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2010  

Dion Farganis

Elon University - Political Science

Justin Wedeking

University of Kentucky - Department of Political Science

Date Written: July 6, 2010

Abstract

How forthcoming was Elena Kagan during her recently completed confirmation hearings? We find that Kagan answered just under 70% of questions in a fully or very forthcoming manner – almost an identical rate as other recent nominees, and slightly higher than the average score for all nominees since 1955. Kagan thus continues a sixty-year trend where nominees on average give complete answers to roughly 65% of the Judiciary Committee’s questions. Interestingly, we also find that Kagan’s candor varied considerably from senator to senator. This may explain why some senators praised Gen. Kagan for being an exceptionally forthcoming nominee while others criticized her for "dancing" around the issues.

Keywords: Supreme Court, Confirmation Hearings, Kagan, Candor, Nomination, Judiciary, Farganis, Wedeking

Suggested Citation

Farganis, Dion and Wedeking, Justin, Kagan’s Candor: Updated Findings from the Recent Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings (July 6, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1635240 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1635240

Dion Farganis (Contact Author)

Elon University - Political Science ( email )

Gray Pavillion
Elon, NC 27244
United States

Justin Wedeking

University of Kentucky - Department of Political Science ( email )

1615 Patterson Office Tower
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0027
United States

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