The Selection of U.S. Supreme Court Justices

Authored by: James ben-Aaron , Paul M. Collins , Lori A. Ringhand

Routledge Handbook of Judicial Behavior

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  October  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138913356
eBook ISBN: 9781315691527
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315691527.ch9

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Abstract

The selection of a Supreme Court nominee and the confirmation process that follows are important events in the American political and legal system. In this chapter, James ben-Aaron, Paul M. Collins, Jr., and Lori A. Ringhand present a critical analysis of the state of scholarship regarding this process. The authors devote particular attention to the three major aspects of this process: nomination by the president, vetting by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and confirmation by the full Senate. In addition to reviewing the key scholarship in those areas, the authors examine the theoretical and methodological limitations of existing work and offer suggestions for future research on this important subject.

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