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Battle over the Bench
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As as arbiters of political and social issues, lower court judges play at least as decisive a role as Supreme Court justices, yet remarkably little is known about the process by which some lower court nominees are confirmed while others may be blocked. The most throrough empirical study the confirmation process concludes that political horse-trading unrelated to a judge's politics is even more important than the expected factors of political ideology and interest group lobbying.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of Tables and Figures
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: The Changing Tone of Lower Federal Court Confirmations
  2. pp. 16-20
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  1. 1 What Makes a Nomination Run into Trouble? Senators, Interest Groups, and the Four Tracks to Confirmation
  2. pp. 21-48
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  1. 2 Death to Nominees: Senatorial Courtesy and the Ability to “Kill” Judicial Confirmations
  2. pp. 49-66
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  1. 3 “Herding Cats”: Holds and Private Political Fights
  2. pp. 67-94
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  1. 4 Interest Groups and Judicial Confirmations: A View from the Senate
  2. pp. 95-118
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  1. 5 Interest Groups and the Decision to Object: Sending Confirmations down the Public Partisan Track
  2. pp. 119-148
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  1. 6 Whither Nominees? The Fate of Nominations Sent down the Public Partisan Track
  2. pp. 149-183
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  1. Conclusion: What the Future Holds for Lower Court Nominations and the Senate Confirmation Process
  2. pp. 185-198
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  1. Appendixes
  2. pp. 199-208
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 209-235
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 237-251
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 253-259
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