This thesis explores the relationship between judicial independence and judicial accountability by investigating the question of how selection methods shape state appellate court decisions. I conducted a case study using the states of Tennessee and Kentucky and the judicial selection methods of appointments and elections. I then conducted a sample of cases and did a comparative quantitative analysis of reversal records between the two states in the hopes of finding a statistical difference from my research. The debate between judicial selection methods is not a simple question and this thesis alone cannot provide the answer, but I hope that my research can provide useful data for future research so that state policy makers can make a responsible decision and resolve the conflict.
Advisor(s) or Committee Chair
Dr. Brian Strow
History | Legal Profession | Politics
Forsythe, Eileen M., "A Comparative Analysis Of Judicial Selection Methods In Tennessee And Kentucky: Appointed V. Elected" (2011). Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects. Paper 337.