Presidential Appointments to the Supreme Court: Adding Systematic Explanation to Probabilistic Description

Citation:

King, Gary. 1987. Presidential Appointments to the Supreme Court: Adding Systematic Explanation to Probabilistic Description. American Politics Quarterly 15: 373–386. Copy at http://j.mp/k2TuYl
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Abstract:

Three articles, published in the leading journals of three disciplines over the last five decades, have each used the Poisson probability distribution to help describe the frequency with which presidents were able to appoint United States Supreme Court Justices. This work challenges these previous findings with a new model of Court appointments. The analysis demonstrates that the number of appointments a president can expect to make in a given year is a function of existing measurable variables.