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The Psychology of the Supreme Court$
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Lawrence S. Wrightsman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306040

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306040.001.0001

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The Selective Nature of Supreme Court Justices

The Selective Nature of Supreme Court Justices

(p.29) 2 The Selective Nature of Supreme Court Justices
The Psychology of the Supreme Court

Lawrence S. Wrightsman

Oxford University Press

Even though the nomination of justices to the Court is one of the supremely important activities of a president, sometimes the choice is made with little thought or for less than ideal reasons. And, of course, no candidate is guaranteed to pass the (recently) rigorous and often highly political assessment by the United States Senate. This chapter examines the nomination and confirmation processes, from the perspective of their effectiveness as ways of bringing the best candidates to the Court.

Keywords:   Supreme Court, judges, justices, nomination process, confirmation process

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