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Running for Judge: The Rising Political, Financial, and Legal Stakes of Judicial Elections [Hardcover]

Matthew J. Streb
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April 1, 2007 0814740340 978-0814740347 annotated edition

Across the country, races for judgeships are becoming more and more politically contested. As a result, several states and cities are now considering judicial election reform. Running for Judge examines the increasingly contentious judicial elections over the last twenty-five years by providing a timely, insightful analysis of judicial elections. The book ties together the current state of the judicial elections literature, and presents new evidence on a wide range of important topics, including: the history of judicial elections; an understanding of the types of judicial elections; electoral competition during races; the increasing importance of campaign financing; voting in judicial elections; the role interest groups play in supporting candidates; party organizing in supposedly non-partisan elections; judicial accountability; media coverage; and judicial reform of elections.

Running for Judge is an engaging, accessible, empirical analysis of the major issues surrounding judicial elections, with contributions from prominent scholars in the fields of judicial politics, political behavior, and law.

Contributors: Lawrence Baum, Chris W. Bonneau, Brent D. Boyea, Paul Brace, Rachel P. Caufield, Jennifer Segal Diascro, Brian Frederick, Deborah Goldberg, Melinda Gann Hall, Richard L. Hasen, David Klein, Brian F. Schaffner, and Matthew J. Streb.

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“For anyone concerned about the independence of state court judges in the wake of recent trends and practices in judicial elections, add to your 'must read' list the book Running for Judge.”
-Election Law Journal


Running for Judge is an important source of empirical data about judicial elections. Anyone who studies the topic should have a copy.”
-New York Law Journal


“Provides strong empirical support for that common knowledge that is gained from experience in the judicialarena. . . . A book that cannot be ignored.”


“This book offers a variety of insights by professors across the country on issues that are becoming increasingly important in judicial elections. . . . The collection will interest scholars and students of federalism, judicial politics and state politics in general.”
-Campaigns & Elections


“The book does a wonderful job of bringing the different research projects together. All the chapters provide detailed and timely information in an effort to explain recent developments in judicial elections. . . . This is a comprehensive, well-written book.”
-Law and Politics Book Review


About the Author

Matthew J. Streb is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University. He is the author or editor of several books including The New Electoral Politics of Race and Academic Freedom at the Dawn of a New Century: How Terrorism, Governments, And Culture Wars Impact Free Speech.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 253 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press; annotated edition edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814740340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814740347
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars For any interested in judicial process and law September 18, 2009
RUNNING FOR JUDGE: THE RISING POLITICAL, FINANCIAL, AND LEGAL STAKES OF JUDICIAL ELECTIONS examines contentious elections over the last quarter century and ties together the current state of the judicial elections literature with important new evidence on topics ranging from a history of elections processes to the importance of campaign financing and partisan influences. RUNNING FOR JUDGE isn't just for those considering running: it's for any interested in judicial process and law at all levels, from college to general-interest collections.
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