Electing Judges The Surprising Effects of Campaigning on Judicial Legitimacy

ISBN-10: 0226291081

ISBN-13: 9780226291086

Edition: 2012

Authors: James L. Gibson

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InElecting Judges,leading judicial politics scholar James L. Gibson responds tothe growing chorus of critics who fear that the politics of running for office undermine judicial independence and even the rule of law. While many people have opinions on the topic, few have supported them with actual empirical evidence. Gibson rectifies this situation, offering the most systematic and comprehensive study to date of the impact of campaigns on public perceptions of fairness, impartiality, and the legitimacy of elected state courts—and his findings are both counterintuitive and controversial. Gibson finds that ordinary Americans do not conclude from campaign promises that judges are incapable of making impartial decisions. Instead, he shows, they understand the process of deciding cases to be an exercise in policy making, rather than of simply applying laws to individual cases—and consequently think it’s important for candidates to reveal where they stand on important issues. Negative advertising also turns out to have a limited effect on perceptions of judicial legitimacy, though the same cannot be said for widely hated campaign contributions. Taking both the good and bad into consideration, Gibson argues persuasively that elections are ultimately beneficial in boosting the institutional legitimacy of courts, despite the slight negative effects of some campaign activities.Electing Judgeswill initiate a lively debate inside both the halls of justice and the academy.
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Preface and Acknowledgments
The "New Style" Judicial Elections in the American States
Republican Party of Minnesota v. White and Perceptions of Judicial Impartiality
Can Campaign Activity Cross the Line?
Diffuse Support for a State Supreme Court: Judicial Legitimacy in Kentucky
Expectancy Theory and Judicial Legitimacy
Judges, Elections, and the American Mass Public: The Effects of Judicial Campaigns on the Legitimacy of Courts
Judicial Campaigns, Elections for Judges, and Court Legitimacy: Do Judicial Elections Really Stink?
Legal Developments Post- White
The Surveys
Experimental Vignettes
Question Wording
The Distributions of Key Analytical Variables
Interactive Analysis
Measuring Support for Democratic Institutions and Processes
Question Wording
Adding Control Variables
Notes
References
Index
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