Reconciling the Judicial Ideal and the Democratic Impulse in Judicial Retention Elections

Caufield, Rachel Paine
July 2009
Missouri Law Review;2009, Vol. 74 Issue 3, p573
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the significance of reconciling the judicial ideal and the democratic impulse in judicial election, such as the retention election, in Missouri. It discusses the theory and practice of merit selection and retention system and the conflict between the judicial independence and the ideal of democratic accountability. It examines the disadvantage of competitive judicial election. Recommendations on how to create responsible electorate in retention election is also offered.


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