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Does Merit Selection Work? Evidence from Commission and Gubernatorial Choices

Forthcoming, Journal of Law & Courts

38 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2017 Last revised: 6 Sep 2017

Greg Goelzhauser

Utah State University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: August 29, 2017

Abstract

Does merit selection work? Existing evidence on institutional performance compares outcomes of interest across selection mechanisms, which does not account for the two-stage process that makes merit selection unique. Using information obtained from public records requests, this article analyzes the determinants of commission and gubernatorial selections from relevant candidate pools. The evidence suggests that although commissions and governors seem to select on certain qualifications, women are disadvantaged at the commission stage and partisanship is relevant at both stages. The results have important implications for our understanding of merit selection's institutional performance and the broader judicial selection debate.

Keywords: Judicial Selection, Merit Selection, Merit Plan, Judicial Elections, State Courts

Suggested Citation

Goelzhauser, Greg, Does Merit Selection Work? Evidence from Commission and Gubernatorial Choices (August 29, 2017). Forthcoming, Journal of Law & Courts. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3028949

Greg Goelzhauser (Contact Author)

Utah State University - Department of Political Science ( email )

0725 University Blvd.
Logan, UT 84322-0725
United States

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