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.

Publications

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]

James L. Gibson and Michael J. Nelson. 2017 From Ferguson's Streets to Washington's Marble Arches: Experiences with Legal Authorities, Group Identities, and African American Perceptions of Legal Legitimacy Book Prospectus.

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. 2016. "Campaigns, Crime, and Judicial Choice: The Effects of Judicial Campaigns on Judicial Decisionmaking."

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

James L. Gibson and Michael J. Nelson. 2016. "The Judiciary’s Legitimacy Conferring Capacity."

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