Running for Judge: The Rising Political, Financial, and Legal Stakes of Judicial Elections

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Overview

Across the country, races for judgeships are becoming more and more politically contested. As a result, several states and cities are now considering judicial election reform. Running for Judge examines the increasingly contentious judicial elections over the last twenty-five years by providing a timely, insightful analysis of judicial elections. The book ties together the current state of the judicial elections literature, and presents new evidence on a wide range of important topics, including: the history of judicial elections; an understanding of the types of judicial elections; electoral competition during races; the increasing importance of campaign financing; voting in judicial elections; the role interest groups play in supporting candidates; party organizing in supposedly non-partisan elections; judicial accountability; media coverage; and judicial reform of elections.

Running for Judge is an engaging, accessible, empirical analysis of the major issues surrounding judicial elections, with contributions from prominent scholars in the fields of judicial politics, political behavior, and law.

Contributors: Lawrence Baum, Chris W. Bonneau, Brent D. Boyea, Paul Brace, Rachel P. Caufield, Jennifer Segal Diascro, Brian Frederick, Deborah Goldberg, Melinda Gann Hall, Richard L. Hasen, David Klein, Brian F. Schaffner, and Matthew J. Streb.

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Editorial Reviews

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“For anyone concerned about the independence of state court judges in the wake of recent trends and practices in judicial elections, add to your 'must read' list the book Running for Judge.”
-Election Law Journal

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Running for Judge is an important source of empirical data about judicial elections. Anyone who studies the topic should have a copy.”
-New York Law Journal

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“Provides strong empirical support for that common knowledge that is gained from experience in the judicialarena. . . . A book that cannot be ignored.”
-Judicature

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“This book offers a variety of insights by professors across the country on issues that are becoming increasingly important in judicial elections. . . . The collection will interest scholars and students of federalism, judicial politics and state politics in general.”
-Campaigns & Elections

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“The book does a wonderful job of bringing the different research projects together. All the chapters provide detailed and timely information in an effort to explain recent developments in judicial elections. . . . This is a comprehensive, well-written book.”
-Law and Politics Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814740972
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew J. Streb is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University. He is the author or editor of several books including The New Electoral Politics of Race and Academic Freedom at the Dawn of a New Century: How Terrorism, Governments, And Culture Wars Impact Free Speech.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables ix

List of Figures xi

Acknowledgments xiii

1 The Study of Judicial Elections Matthew J. Streb 1

2 First Amendment Limits on Regulating Judicial Campaigns Richard L. Hasen 15

3 The Changing Tone of Judicial Election Campaigns as a Result of White Rachel P. Caufield 34

4 The Dynamics of Campaign Spending in State Supreme Court Elections Chris W. Bonneau 59

5 Interest Group Participation in Judicial Elections Deborah Goldberg 73

6 Partisan Involvement in Partisan and Nonpartisan Trial Court Elections Matthew J. Streb 96

7 Judicial Elections in the News Brian F. Schaffner and Jennifer Segal Diascro 115

8 Voter Responses to High-Visibility Judicial Campaigns Lawrence Baum David Klein 140

9 Competition as Accountability in State Supreme Court Elections Melinda Gann Hall 165

10 Judicial Selection Methods and Capital Punishment in the American States Paul Brace Brent D. Boyea 186

11 Judicial Reform and the Future of Judicial Elections Matthew J. Streb Brian Frederick 204

Bibliography 219

About the Contributors 239

Index 243

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