Money in Judicial Politics: Individual Contributions and Collective Decisions
The Centre for Institutions and Political Behaviour (CIPB) warmly invites you to the above talk.
We study how campaign contributions affect the voting strategies and effectiveness of justices in the Supreme Court of eight US states. Combining a formal model of judicial decision-making and Bayesian structural estimation, we show that a judge's voting strategy leans more heavily towards an interest group the larger are its contributions to the judge, and the smaller are its contributions to other members of the court. This panel
effect is consistent with an equilibrium response to contributions to other members of the court. Observed contributions have a large effect on the decisions and effectiveness of individual judges, but tend to counterbalance each other, producing a small effect on
the decisions and effectiveness of the Court.
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