Assistant Professor Dion Farganis co-authors book on Supreme Court nominations
The book explores the candor of Supreme Court nominees during their confirmation hearings.
Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings in the U.S. Senate: Reconsidering the Charade by Elon University Assistant Professor of Political Science Dion Farganis and co-author Justin Wedeking, of the University of Kentucky, is an analysis of U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings from 1955-2010. The authors’ coded more than 11,000 questions and answers from Senate Judiciary Committee hearings to assist us in better understanding whether nominees are growing more or less candid with their responses to questioning during Senate confirmation hearings.
The text, published by the University of Michigan Press, adds significantly to our understanding of the advice and consent role of the Senate by systematically evaluating the exchanges between nominees and members of the Senate over the course of more than a half century.