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, the effects of vigorous campaigns on judges who face elections, and the effects of collegiality on judicial decisionmaking. 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. Black and Blue: African Americans and Legal Legitimacy. New York: Oxford University Press.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Michael J. Nelson and James L. Gibson. 2019. "How Does Hyper-Politicized Rhetoric Affect the U.S. Supreme Court's Legitimacy?" Forthcoming in Journal of Politics. [Paper]

Charles Crabtree and Michael J. Nelson. 2019. "Judging Judicial Review in the American States." Forthcoming in State Politics and Policy Quarterly. [Paper]

Amanda Driscoll and Michael J. Nelson. 2019. "Chronicle of an Election Foretold: The 2017 Bolivian Judicial Elections." PolĂ­tica y Gobierno 26(1): Forthcoming.

Rachael K. Hinkle and Michael J. Nelson. 2018. "How to Lose Cases and Influence People." Forthcoming in Statistics, Politics, and Policy. [Paper] [Profiled on SCOTUSBlog].

Rachael K. Hinkle and Michael J. Nelson. 2018. "The Intergroup Foundations of Policy Influence." Forthcoming in Political Research Quarterly. [Paper]

Michael J. Nelson and Rachael K. Hinkle. 2018. "Crafting the Law: How the Text of a Judicial Opinion Influences Legal Development." Forthcoming at Justice System Journal. [Paper]

Michael J. Nelson and Alicia Uribe. 2017. "Opportunity and Overrides: The Effect of the Court's Public Support on Congressional Policymaking." Political Research Quarterly. 70(3): 632-643 [Paper]

James L. Gibson and Michael J. Nelson. 2017. "Reconsidering Positivity Theory: What Roles do Politicization, Ideological Disagreement, and Legal Realism Play in Shaping U.S. Supreme Court Legitimacy?" Forthcoming at Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 14(3): 592-617. [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." International Studies Quarterly 61(1): 210-224. [Paper]

Rachael K. Hinkle and Michael J. Nelson. 2016. "The Transmission of Legal Precedent among State Supreme Courts in the Twenty-First 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 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]

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

Working Papers

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

Amanda Driscoll and Michael J. Nelson. 2018. "The Costs and Benefits of Court Curbing: Experimental Evidence from the United States" [Paper]

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. 2018. "The Elevator Effect: How Collegiality Influences Judicial Behavior." [Paper]

Rachael K. Hinkle, Michael J. Nelson, and Morgan L.W. Hazelton. 2018. "Deferring, Deliberating, or Dodging Review? Examining the Mechanisms Behind Panel Effects." [Paper]

Michael J. Nelson and Patrick Tucker. 2018. "The Stability of the U.S. Supreme Court's Legitimacy." [Paper]

Amanda Driscoll and Michael J. Nelson. 2018. "There Is No Crisis of Confidence: The Legitimacy of Latin American High Courts." [Paper]

Charles Crabtree, Michael J. Nelson, and Alicia B. Uribe-McGuire. 2018. "Framing Judicial Review."

Michael J. Nelson, Emerson Tiller, and Margorie Anderson. 2018. "The Political Evolution of Promissory Estoppel."

Robert M. Bond, Chris Fariss, Jud Matthews, and Michael J. Nelson. 2018. "Agency Exceptionalism."