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The Confirmation Process and a Senatorial Norm: Historical Quantification and Analysis of the Senate Blue Slip Process

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dc.contributor.advisor Box-Steffensmeier, Janet
dc.creator Campisano, Charles
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-10T18:12:03Z
dc.date.available 2009-03-10T18:12:03Z
dc.date.issued 2009-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1811/36501
dc.description.abstract Since the early 1900s the senatorial norm of the blue slip has played a role in the confirmation process of federal district and appeals court judges. However, historical analyses of this norm have been largely descriptive in nature (Denning 2002; Sollenberger 2003b; Binder 2007) or have not explicitly gathered data on the actual blue slips in existing quantitative work (Binder & Maltzman 2002). This project offers an empirical analysis of the blue slip’s impact on the duration of the confirmation process. Whereas previous work has focused on the use of the blue slip as a negative tool to defeat or delay a nominee, here it is tested whether the blue slip has also functioned as a positive tool to support a nominee. This analysis was accomplished by cataloging the blue slips found in the judicial nomination files from 1953 to 1958 on a five-point scale that not only reflects whether the senator was supportive of or objecting to a nominee, but also the amount or strength of that support. Three stages of the confirmation process are examined – time to hearing, committee vote, and floor vote. Finally, a theoretical explanation for why the blue slip underwent a modification in its use in 1956 is briefly examined. en
dc.description.sponsorship This project was made possible by funding from The Ohio State University Honors & Scholars Summer Research Internship Program. en
dc.description.sponsorship This project was made possible by funding from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Grant Program at The Ohio State University. en
dc.description.sponsorship This project was made possible by funding from the The Ohio State University Undergraduate Student Government Academic Enrichment Grant Program. en
dc.description.sponsorship This project was made possible by funding from the College of the Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program at The Ohio State University. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher The Ohio State University en
dc.relation.ispartofseries The Ohio State University. Department of Political Science Honors Theses; 2009 en
dc.subject federal confirmation process en
dc.subject federal judges en
dc.subject interbranch politics en
dc.subject Senate Judiciary Committee en
dc.subject blue slip en
dc.subject Senate norms en
dc.title The Confirmation Process and a Senatorial Norm: Historical Quantification and Analysis of the Senate Blue Slip Process en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.embargo No embargo en
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