Electing Justice: Fixing the Supreme Court Nomination Process

Paperback | September 15, 2006

byRichard Davis

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Davis discusses the increasing role of interest groups, the press, and the public, whose role is not prescribed in the Constitution, in the selection and confirmation of Supreme Court justices and how it affects the process. First he examines in detail the history and nature of the process,then he looks at the role and impact of other players. His conclusions about how non-political actors affect the outcome of Supreme Court justice selection leads him at the end of his book to suggest controversial reforms and their prospects for success.

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Davis discusses the increasing role of interest groups, the press, and the public, whose role is not prescribed in the Constitution, in the selection and confirmation of Supreme Court justices and how it affects the process. First he examines in detail the history and nature of the process,then he looks at the role and impact of other ...

Richard Davis is Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. He is the author of The Web of Politics: The Internet's Impact on the American Political System, The Press and American Politics, 3rd edition, and Politics and the Media. He is co-author, with Diana Owen, of New Media and American Politics. He is also co-aut...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 5.59 × 8.9 × 0.59 inPublished:September 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195314166

ISBN - 13:9780195314168

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Broken Process1. Traditional versus New Players2. The Politics of Judicial Selection3. How the Process Broke: The Transformation of the Supreme Court Appointment Process4. New Roles for External Players5. Today's Nomination Process: The Battle over Image6. Reforming the ProcessAppendix A: A Note on MethodologyNotesIndex

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"Unlike most social scientists waxing poetic about the 'broken Supreme Court appointment process,' Davis dares to offers several innovative solutions. Interested court observers will no doubt contest some of the more controversial proposals contained within. But even casual readers will learnmuch from Davis' highly accessible review of this important political process."--David Yalof, University of Connecticut, author of Pursuit of Justices