Partisan or Quasi-Partisan? Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
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  • Lappie, John Peter
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
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  • Formally non-partisan judicial elections have traditionally been more-or-less bereft of partisanship, with votes and results hinging upon candidate quality (Schaffner et al., 2001; Dubois, 1980, 1978). However, regulations limiting judicial candidates' speech in formally non-partisan elections have fared poorly in the federal courts in the 2000s. This has lead to the rise of what I term quasi-partisan judicial elections, or formally non-partisan elections in which at least one of the candidates runs a campaign based on partisan appeals. I examine the effects of quasi-partisan campaigns on the structure of voting and find that precinct-level partisanship is a stronger predictor of judicial vote share in quasi-partisan elections than in truly non-partisan elections.
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  • Carsey, Thomas M.
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  • Master of Arts
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  • 2012
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