Studying State Judicial Races in a Transformed Electoral Environment

Laura Langer, Meghan Leonard and Andrea Polk

in The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199235476
Published online May 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

 Studying State Judicial Races in a Transformed Electoral Environment

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This article provides a discussion on judicial politics — state court elections and campaigns. It also reviews some of the major trends in the existing scholarship and suggests which scholarly directions have advanced the understanding of judicial elections and campaigns, which debates are unresolved, and which lines of inquiry prompted new discoveries and suggested important avenues for future inquiry. It presents an overview of the past twenty years of scholarship on state court elections and campaigns. Some of the more recent and significant contributions have been made in the area of judicial campaigns and, in particular, the consequences of electioneering activities for electoral success, judicial voting behavior, and a court's legitimacy. Systematic examinations of state court elections and campaigns have advanced the science of politics both theoretically and methodologically and opened new paths of political inquiry about elections across all three branches of government.

Keywords: state court; judicial elections; judicial campaigns; judicial voting; government; legitimacy

Article.  8588 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Behaviour

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