Gibson, James L. “Campaigning for the Bench: The Corrosive Effects of Campaign Speech?” 42 Law and Society Review 899 (2008). (SSRN)

December 20, 2011

This article uses post hoc and experimental methods to assess whether public perceptions of courts are influenced by various sorts of campaign activity and concludes that different types of campaign activity (e.g. policy pronouncements and policy promises) have very different consequences.

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