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xii, 177 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 145-172) and index.
Introduction -- Merit selection's rise -- Professional experience across selection systems -- Seating qualified justices -- Seating diverse justices -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: Data collection -- Appendix B: Tables of results.
Greg Goelzhauser utilizes new data on more than 1,500 state supreme court justices seated from 1960 through 2014 to answer the question, Does merit selection produce better types of judges? He traces the rise of merit selection and explores whether certain judicial selection institutions favor candidates who have better qualifications, are more diverse, and have different types of professional experience. Goelzhauser's results ultimately contribute to the broader debate concerning comparative institutional performance with respect to state judicial selection.