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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

GENRE
Politics & Current Events
RELEASED
2015
July 7
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
176
Pages
PUBLISHER
University of Virginia Press
SELLER
Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia
SIZE
3.2
MB

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