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date: 16 December 2018

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This article examines the evolution of literature on state courts with a particular focus on the expansion of the field since the 1990s and the diverse application of theoretical frameworks utilized. The authors argue that studies of state courts have made powerful advances in terms of data and methodology. The increase in available data has made 50-state studies of state courts common, and these studies allow us to better understand the behavior of judges and courts, the role of institutional features on courts and judicial decisions, as well as the influences on state courts by external forces, such as the public, and the influence of courts on state policy.

Keywords: Courts, judicial, selection process, elections, nomination, decision making, policymaking, public attitudes

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