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Voters' Verdicts
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In Voters’ Verdicts, Chris Bonneau and Damon Cann address contemporary concerns with judicial elections by investigating factors that influence voters’ decisions in the election of state supreme court judges. Bonneau and Cann demonstrate that the move to nonpartisan elections, while it depresses political participation, does little to mute the effects of partisanship and ideology. The authors note the irony that judicial elections, often faulted for politicizing the legal process, historically represented an attempt to correct the lack of accountability in the selection of judges by appointment, since unlike appointive systems, judicial elections are at least transparent.

This comprehensive study rests on a broad evidentiary base that spans numerous states and a variety of electoral systems. Bonneau and Cann use the first national survey of voters in state supreme court elections paired with novel laboratory experiments to evaluate the influence of incumbency and other ballot cues on voters’ decisions. Data-rich and analytically rigorous, this provocative volume shows why voters decide to participate in judicial elections and what factors they consider in casting their votes.

A volume in the series Constitutionalism and Democracy

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: The Landscape Of Judicial Elections
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 1. Individual-Level Factors and Voter Participation in State Supreme Court Elections
  2. pp. 17-34
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  1. 2. Vote Choice in State Supreme Court Elections
  2. pp. 35-56
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  1. 3. Voting Decisions in Partisan and Nonpartisan Elections
  2. pp. 57-68
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  1. 4. Does One Good Term Deserve Another? Incumbency and Vote Choice
  2. pp. 69-84
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  1. 5. Voting Yes: Retention Elections
  2. pp. 85-100
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 101-120
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  1. Appendix A: About the CCES
  2. pp. 121-122
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  1. Appendix B: List of Races Included in the Study
  2. pp. 123-130
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  1. Appendix C: Experiments
  2. pp. 131-138
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 139-146
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  1. References
  2. pp. 147-158
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 159-164
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