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Seventeen thought-provoking essays in this sophisticated yet accessible reader demonstrate how political scientists conduct research on law, courts, and the judicial process, and at the same time answer interesting, substantive questions. Illustrating the breadth and depth of judicial politics studies, the essays convey to students the array of contemporary thinking -- both theoretical and methodological -- at work in the field. The book's five parts cover subjects taught in most judicial politics courses. Because each chapter stands alone, instructors have the flexibility of assigning less than the whole book or chapters in a different order. Topics examined range from information used by voters electing judges to the credibility of victims of sexualized violence. Accessible to both undergraduate and graduate students, Contemplating Courts offers fascinating views ...

Lobbying for Justice: The Rise of Organized Conflict in the Politics of Federal Judgeships
Lobbying for justice: The rise of organized conflict in the politics of federal judgeships
GregoryA.Caldeira and JohnR.Wright

Under Article II of the U.S. Constitution, the president and Senate share the work of staffing the federal judiciary, one of the many “invitations to conflict” built into our charter. Typically, they have declined this invitation: throughout most of our nation's history, presidents have nominated and senators confirmed judges without overt conflict. Yet conflict has occasionally erupted, sometimes in short episodes, sometimes for an extended period. During the past decade, in particular, Americans have sat glued to their television sets as senators parlayed with Robert Bork and grilled Clarence Thomas.

These and other sensational political fights also ...

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