Assembling the data for the analysis presented in this article proved to be a significant undertaking. For many states, the information is readily available online or in published form (e.g., in state “blue books,”“legislative manuals,” and the like); for others, the information is to be found only in archives or local newspapers that could be obtained only on microfilm via interlibrary loan. I received tremendous assistance in this endeavor from reference librarians and interlibrary loan staff at the University of Wisconsin Law Library, the William Mitchell College of Law Library, and the University of Minnesota Law Library. A number of individuals in state election offices were extremely helpful and responsive, as were a number of scholars who provided me with data from their states and/or answered questions about possible sources for their states. I particularly thank Jess Clayton who worked as a project assistant for me at the University of Wisconsin. Melinda Gann Hall generously provided me with tabulations she had done based on data compiled by the Brennan Center; Adam Skaggs at the Brennan Center provided me with a prelease copy of the Center's 2010 report and spreadsheets with data on advertising in 2006 and 2008. Reviewers for the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies provided several valuable suggestions. Finally, I acknowledge support I received from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School and the University of Wisconsin Political Science Department.
Competitiveness in State Supreme Court Elections, 1946–2009
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Journal of Empirical Legal Studies
Volume 8, Issue 2, pages 237–259, June 2011
How to Cite
Kritzer, H. M. (2011), Competitiveness in State Supreme Court Elections, 1946–2009. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 8: 237–259. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-1461.2011.01208.x
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