Battle over the Bench represents valuable research about an important and timely topic―the confirmation by the United States Senate of presidential nominations to the lower federal courts and why it matters. There are numerous important findings, and Steigerwalt’s book is, in my judgment, the most theoretically sophisticated book on lower court confirmations. She succeeds admirably in her goals. This is unquestionably a major addition to the literature.
(Sheldon Goldman, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, author of Picking Federal Judges: Lower Court Selection from Roosevelt through Reagan
Steigerwalt uses elite interviews with Senate staffers, a former U.S. senator, and interest group leaders to examine how interest groups participate in lower court confirmation proceedings, why they participate, and whether their participation is seen as effective in the view of those in the Senate. The first-hand account provides new and important insight into the confirmation process and further illuminates our understanding of why some nominations move relatively quickly through to confirmation while others are delayed or even blocked altogether.
(Christine L. Nemacheck, College of William and Mary, author of Strategic Selection: Presidential Nomination of Supreme Court Justices from Herbert Hoover through George W. Bush
About the Author
Amy Steigerwalt is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University.