TITLE

MAY IT PLEASE THE SENATE: AN EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARINGS OF SUPREME COURT NOMINEES, 1939-2009

AUTHOR(S)
Ringhand, Loria A.; Collins Jr., Paul M.
PUB. DATE
February 2011
SOURCE
American University Law Review;Feb2011, Vol. 60 Issue 3, p589
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents an empirical analysis of U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominees from 1939 to 2009. It notes the lack of comprehensive empirical information to answer questions regarding the actual events at Supreme Court confirmation hearings, thus it suggests the creation of the Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings Database. It says that the database analyzes and codes the questions asked and nominee's response during such hearings. It describes the patterns notable in dialogue that transpires at hearings such as the quantity of comments at hearings, changes in the discussion of civil rights issues over time, and the effect of partisan affiliation on the questions senators ask.
ACCESSION #
71140305

 

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