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Once largely ignored, judicial elections in the states have becomeincreasingly controversial over the past two decades. Legal organizations, prominent lawprofessors, and a retired Supreme Court justice have advocated the elimination of elections as ameans to choose judges. One of their primary concerns is interest group involvement in electionsto state supreme courts, which they see as having negative effects on both the courts themselvesand public perceptions of these judicial bodies.
InThe Battle forthe Court, Lawrence Baum, David Klein, and Matthew Streb present a systematicinvestigation into the effects of interest group involvement in the election of judges. Focusingon personal-injury law, the issue that has played the most substantial role in spurring interestgroup activity in judicial elections, the authors detail how interest groups mobilize inresponse to unfavorable rulings by state supreme courts, how their efforts influence theoutcomes of supreme court elections, and how those outcomes in turn effectively reshape publicpolicies. The authors employ several decades worth of new data on campaign activity,voter behavior, and judicial policy-making in one particularly colorful, important, andrepresentative stateOhioto explore these connections among interest groups, elections, andjudicial policy in a way that has not been possible until now.