Bonneau, Chris W. “What Price Justice(s)? Understanding Campaign Spending in State Supreme Court Elections,” 5 State Politics and Policy Quarterly 107 (2005). (SSRN)

December 20, 2011

This empirical study analyzes data from 281 state supreme court races in 21 states from 1990–2000 to address why campaign spending varies so greatly among state supreme court elections and finds that spending in such elections is influenced by the characteristics of the race, institutional arrangements, and  the electoral and state supreme court context.

  • Judicial Election

    Judges are elected by popular vote.
  • Democratic Appointment

    Judges are appointed directly by a democratic body, or appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of some democratic body.