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Electing Judges: The Surprising Effects of Campaigning on Judicial Legitimacy
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Publication date September 20, 2012
Pages 226
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780226291086
ISBN-10 0226291081
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.75 lbs.
Original list price $30.00
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In Electing 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 Judges will initiate a lively debate inside both the halls of justice and the academy.



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9780226291079 | details & prices | 226 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.60 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $91.00
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About: In Electing Judges, leading judicial politics scholar James L.

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