Judicial Elections In 21st Century by Bonneau Chris W. Hall Melinda Gann
Leading authorities present the latest cutting edge research on state judicial elections. Starting with recent transformations in the electoral landscape including those brought about by U.S. Supreme Court rulings this volume provides penetrating analyses of partisan nonpartisan and retention elections to state supreme courts intermediate appellate courts and trial courts. Topics include citizen participation electoral competition fundraising and spending judicial performance evaluations reform efforts and attack campaigns and other organized efforts to oust judges. This volume also evaluates the impact of judicial elections on numerous aspects of American politics including citizens' perceptions of judicial legitimacy diversity on the bench and the consequences of who wins on subsequent court decisions. Many of the chapters offer predictions about how judicial elections might look in the future. Overall this collection provides a sharp evidence-based portrait of how modern judicial elections actually work in practice and their consequences for state judiciaries and the American people.