This is a revised version of a paper delivered at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. This research has been supported by the Law and Social Sciences Program of the National Science Foundation (SES-0553156). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Additional funding for the 2006 survey was provided by the Mershon Center for International Security Studies of The Ohio State University (“The Legitimacy of the Supreme Court and Critical Nominations”), to whom we are much indebted. In addition, support for the 2005 survey was provided by the Atlantic Philanthropies in a grant to the Center for Democracy and the Third Sector (CDATS) at Georgetown University. The 2005 survey was also funded in part by the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy at Washington University in St. Louis. Marc Morjé Howard, with the assistance of James L. Gibson, was primarily responsible for executing that survey. We greatly appreciate Howard's untiring efforts on the 2005 project, as well as the support for this research provided by Steven S. Smith. We also appreciate the research assistance of Marc Hendershot and Christina L. Boyd, both of Washington University in St. Louis, and the comments of Jonathan To, Carissa van den Berk Clark, Amy Overington, Thomas G. Hansford, Barry Friedman, Lee Walker, and Jeff Yates on an earlier version of this article.
Confirmation Politics and The Legitimacy of the U.S. Supreme Court: Institutional Loyalty, Positivity Bias, and the Alito Nomination
Version of Record online: 24 DEC 2008
©2009, Midwest Political Science Association
American Journal of Political Science
Volume 53, Issue 1, pages 139–155, January 2009
How to Cite
Gibson, J. L. and Caldeira, G. A. (2009), Confirmation Politics and The Legitimacy of the U.S. Supreme Court: Institutional Loyalty, Positivity Bias, and the Alito Nomination. American Journal of Political Science, 53: 139–155. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-5907.2008.00362.x
- Issue online: 24 DEC 2008
- Version of Record online: 24 DEC 2008
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