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December 20, 2011

This article argues that scholars should move beyond the accountability versus independence debate in judicial election issues to pursue direct measures of the quality of court activities, using a national survey of state court judges to show that those who serve in states with merit-based or appointment systems view the quality of justice in their state more favorably than do those in election system states.

  • 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.