Beyond Accountability and Independence: Judicial Selection and State Court Performance
Judicature, Vol. 220, p. 90, 2007
Posted: 6 Jun 2007
Recent empirical studies of judicial selection have suggested that judicial elections are better at promoting accountability than previous work has suggested. Further, some studies contend that merit selection and appointment plans have not been as effective at promoting independence as reformers have suggested. I argue that scholars should move beyond the accountability vs. independence debate and pursue direct measures of the quality of court activities in evaluating judicial selection systems. Using a national survey of court judges, I show that judges who serve in states with appointment or merit selection systems rate the quality of justice in their state as being higher than judges who serve in states with elections.
Keywords: judicial selection, state supreme courts, merit selection
JEL Classification: D73, K40
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