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Electing Justice: Fixing the Supreme Court Nomination Process / Edition 1

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Overview

Davis discusses the increasing role of interest groups, the press, and the public, whose role is not prescribed in the Constitution, in the selection and confirmation of Supreme Court justices and how it affects the process. First he examines in detail the history and nature of the process, then he looks at the role and impact of other players. His conclusions about how non-political actors affect the outcome of Supreme Court justice selection leads him at the end of his book to suggest controversial reforms and their prospects for success.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195314168
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Davis is Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. He is the author of The Web of Politics: The Internet's Impact on the American Political System, The Press and American Politics, 3rd edition, and Politics and the Media. He is co-author, with Diana Owen, of New Media and American Politics. He is also co-author, with Bruce Bimber, of Campaigning Online: The Internet in U.S. Elections, a book on the Internet's role in the 2000 elections.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : a broken process 3
1 Traditional versus new players 15
2 The politics of judicial selection 37
3 How the process broke : the transformation of the Supreme Court appointment process 75
4 New roles for external players 105
5 Today's nomination process : the battle over image 129
6 Reforming the process 157
App A note on methodology 179
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