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December 20, 2011

This book thoroughly analyzes all statewide elections held from 1948 to 1974 for justices of state courts of last resort in nonsouthern states and concludes that non-elective judicial selection systems have not dramatically improved the quality of the bench and that partisan judicial elections go a long way toward achieving their accountability goal.

  • 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.