Title

Paying the price for a seat on the bench: Campaign spending in contested state intermediate appellate court elections

Publication Date

2008

Document Type

Article

Abstract

The subject of judicial elections has garnered an increasing amount of attention by scholars over the past decade. Campaign spending in judicial elections has occupied a central focus of this research, but most of this scholarship has examined campaign finance at the state supreme court level. Our study departs from that tradition by examining what factors predict campaign expenditures in 172 contested state intermediate appellate court (IAC) races from 2000–06. The results indicate that the characteristics of the race, institutional factors, and the context of the campaign all influence how much money is spent in IAC elections. Although similar in some respects to state legislative and supreme court elections, notable differences exist as well.

Original Citation

Frederick B., Streb M.J. (2008). Paying the price for a seat on the bench: Campaign spending in contested state intermediate appellate court elections. State Politics and Policy Quarterly, 8(4), 410-429.

Identifier

DOI: 10.1177/153244000800800404

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