Michael J. Nelson


 

Research

I study American political institutions, particularly state courts and public evaluations of judicial institutions. I am also working on projects involving comparative judicial politics and the effects of vigorous campaigns on judges who face elections. Additionally, with James L. Gibson, I am working on a NSF-funded study of the contributions of state supreme courts to inequality in the United States.

Book

James L. Gibson and Michael J. Nelson. 2018. An Analysis of Inter- and Intra-Racial Differences in Public Support for Legal Institutions (provisional title). New York: Oxford University Press (Under Contract).

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Michael J. Nelson and Alicia Uribe. 2017. "Opportunity and Overrides: The Effect of the Court's Public Support on Congressional Policymaking." Forthcoming at Political Research Quarterly. [Paper]

James L. Gibson and Michael J. Nelson. 2017. "Testing Positivity Theory: What Roles do Politicization and Legal Realism Play in Shaping U.S. Supreme Court Legitimacy?" Forthcoming at Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. [Paper]

Charles Crabtree and Michael J. Nelson. 2017. "plotrr: Functions for Making Visual Exploratory Data Analysis with Nested Data Easier." Journal of Open Source Software. [Paper]

Charles Crabtree and Michael J. Nelson. 2017. "New Evidence for a Positive Relationship Between De Facto Judicial Independence and State Respect for Empowerment Rights." Forthcoming in International Studies Quarterly. [Paper]

Rachael K. Hinkle and Michael J. Nelson. 2016. "The Transmission of Precedent Among State Supreme Courts in the 21st Century." State Politics and Policy Quarterly 16(4): 391-410. [Article]

Gibson, James L. and Michael J. Nelson. 2016. "Change in Institutional Support for the U.S. Supreme Court: An Analysis of the Effects of Disappointment in the Court's Rulings." Public Opinion Quarterly 80(3): 622-641.. [Article]

Michael J. Nelson and Ian Ostrander. 2016. "Keeping Appointments: The Politics of Confirming U.S. Attorneys." Justice System Journal 37(3):211-231. [Article]

Driscoll, Amanda and Michael J. Nelson. 2015. "Judicial Selection and the Democratization of Justice: Lessons from the Bolivian Judicial Elections." Journal of Law and Courts 3(1):115-148. [Article]

Gibson, James L. and Michael J. Nelson. 2015. "Is the U.S. Supreme Court's Legitimacy Grounded in Performance Satisfaction and Ideology?" American Journal of Political Science 59(1):162-174. [Article]

Gibson, James L. and Michael J. Nelson. 2014. "The Legitimacy of the U.S. Supreme Court: Conventional Wisdoms, and Recent Challenges Thereto." Annual Review of Law and Social Sciences 10(1): 201-19. [Draft]

Driscoll, Amanda and Michael J. Nelson. 2015. "Ignorance or Opposition?: Blank and Spoiled Votes in Low-Information, Highly Politicized Environments." Political Research Quarterly 67(3):547-561. [Article]

Michael J. Nelson. 2014. "Responsive Justice? Public Opinion and the Criminal Justice System." Journal of Law and Courts 2(1):117-152. [Article]

Michael J. Nelson, Rachel Paine Caufield, and Andrew D. Martin. 2013. "OH, MI: On Empirical Examinations of Judicial Elections." State Politics and Policy Quarterly. 13:495-511. [Article]

Driscoll, Amanda and Michael J. Nelson. 2013. "The Political Origins of Judicial Elections: Evidence from the United States and Bolivia." Judicature 96:151-160. [Article]

Nelson, Michael J. 2011. "Uncontested and Unaccountable? Rates of Contestation in Trial Court Elections." Judicature 10:208-217.
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Under Review

Michael J. Nelson and Rachael K. Hinkle. 2017. "Crafting the Law: How the Text of a Judicial Opinion Influences Legal Development." [Paper]

Rachael K. Hinkle and Michael J. Nelson. 2017. "The Relational Foundations of Policy Impact" [Paper]

Michael J. Nelson and James L. Gibson. 2017. "Testing Spatial Models of Politics." [Paper]

Charles Crabtree and Michael J. Nelson. 2017. "Natural Resource Dependence and its Corrosive Effect on De Facto Judicial Independence." [Paper]

Charles Crabtree and Michael J. Nelson. 2017. "A Comprehensive Test of Insurance Theory." [Paper]

Michael J. Nelson. 2017. "The Effects of Electoral Competition on Judicial Decisionmaking." [Paper]

Rachael K. Hinkle and Michael J. Nelson. 2017. "The Importance of Being Caustic: The Linguistic Features of Influential Dissents." [Paper]

Working Papers

Michael J. Nelson. 2017. "Writing for Voters: How Electoral Competition Shapes Opinion Writing" [Paper]

Michael J. Nelson, Emerson Tiller, and Margorie Anderson. 2016. "The Political Evolution of Promissory Estoppel."

James L. Gibson and Michael J. Nelson. 2017. "The Judiciary's Legitimacy Conferring Capacity in a Federal Legal System: The Intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court in Caperton v Massey."

Morgan L.W. Hazelton, Rachael K. Hinkle, and Michael J. Nelson. 2017. "The Elevator Effect: How Collegiality Influences Judicial Behavior." [Paper]

Rachael K. Hinkle, Michael J. Nelson, and Morgan L.W. Hazelton. 2017. "Deferring, Deliberating, or Dodging Review? Examining the Mechanisms Behind Panel Effects." [Paper]

Michael J. Nelson and Patrick Tucker. 2017. "The Stability of the U.S. Supreme Court's Legitimacy." [Paper]

Charles Crabtree and Michael J. Nelson. 2017. "Do Judicial Elections Resolve the Countermajoritarian Difficulty?"

Charles Crabtree, Michael J. Nelson, and Alicia B. Uribe-McGuire. 2017. "Framing Judicial Review."

Robert M. Bond, Chris Fariss, Jud Matthews, and Michael J. Nelson. 2017. "Agency Exceptionalism."

Amanda Driscoll and Michael J. Nelson. 2017. "There Is No Crisis of Confidence: The Legitimacy of Latin American High Courts."