Research Handbook on Law and Courts
Show Less

Research Handbook on Law and Courts

Edited by Susan M. Sterett and Lee D. Walker

The Research Handbook on Law and Courts provides a systematic analysis of new work on courts as governing institutions. Authors consider how courts have taken on regulating fundamental categories of inclusion and exclusion, including citizenship rights. Courts’ centrality to governance is addressed in sections on judicial processes, sub-national courts, and political accountability, all analyzed in multiple legal/political systems. Other chapters turn to analyzing the worldwide push for diversity in staffing courts. Finally, the digitization of records changes both court processes and studying courts. Authors included in the Handbook discuss theoretical, empirical and methodological approaches to studying courts as governing institutions. They also identify promising areas of future research.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 32: Creating databases in sociolegal research: the US Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings Database

Paul M. Collins and Lori A. Ringhand


Assembling publicly available databases for use in sociolegal research is an exciting endeavor, but it also presents a number of challenges. In this chapter, Paul Collins and Lori Ringhand, the architects of the US Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings Database, discuss the process of putting this database together. They begin by recounting their early, individual efforts at systematically understanding the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominees held before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Next, they discuss their collaborative efforts and review the major decisions that needed to be made before commencing on a data collection process that would take years to complete. Following this, they examine what they would have done differently in hindsight, and current efforts to expand the database for wider adoption. This chapter provides researchers with guidance over key challenges associated with the production of largescale databases.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.