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POLITICAL SCIENCE Greg Goelzhauser 'Does Merit Selection Work?'


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Greg Goelzhauser, associate professor of Political Science

Does Merit Selection Work? Evidence from Commission and Gubernatorial Choices
Journal article: The Journal of Law & Courts, August 2017

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Dr. Goelzhauser uses information obtained from public records requests to analyze how commissions and governors select candidates for the bench. The evidence suggests that although commissions and governors seem to use certain qualifications, women are disadvantaged at the comission stage and partisanship is relevant at both stages. Goelzhauser concludes the results could have important implications for our understanding of merit selection's institutional performance and the broader judicial selection debate

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