Brandon Bartels
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Peer-Reviewed Publications

N.d.  “The Nature of Legal Change on the U.S. Supreme Court: Jurisprudential Regimes Theory and Its Alternatives,” with Andrew J. O’Geen. American Journal of Political Science (Forthcoming).

N.d.  “Ideology, the Affordable Care Act Ruling, and Supreme Court Legitimacy,” with Christopher D. Johnston and D. Sunshine Hillygus. Public Opinion Quarterly (Forthcoming).

2013.  “On the Ideological Foundations of Supreme Court Legitimacy in the American Public,” with Christopher D. Johnston. American Journal of Political Science 57(1):184-99.  [Data and replication]  [Supporting Information]

2012.  “Political Justice? Perceptions of Politicization and Public Preferences Toward the Supreme Court Appointment Process,” with Christopher D. Johnston.  Public Opinion Quarterly 76(1):105-16.

2011.  “Politics at the Checkout Line: Explaining Political Consumerism in the U.S,” with Benjamin J. Newman. Political Research Quarterly 64(4):803-17.

2011.  “The Dynamic Properties of Individual-Level Party Identification in the United States,” with Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, Corwin D. Smidt, and Renee M. Smith. Electoral Studies 30(1):210-22.

2011.  “Choices in Context: How Case-Level Factors Shape the Magnitude of Ideological Voting on the U.S. Supreme Court.” American Politics Research 39(1):142-75.

2010.  "Sensationalism and Sobriety: Differential Media Exposure and Attitudes Toward American Courts," with Christopher D. Johnston. Public Opinion Quarterly 74(2):260-85. 

2009.  "The Constraining Capacity of Legal Doctrine on the U.S. Supreme Court." American Political Science Review 103(3):474-95.

2009.  "Explaining Processes of Institutional Opinion Leadership," with Diana C. Mutz. Journal of Politics 71(1):249-61. (Web Appendix)

2008.  "Sounding the Fire Alarm: The Role of Interest Groups in the Lower Court Confirmation Process," with Nancy Scherer and Amy Steigerwalt. Journal of Politics 70(4):1026-39. (Web Appendix)

2005.  "The Incidence and Timing of PAC Contributions to Incumbent U.S. House Members, 1993-94," with Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier and Peter M. Radcliffe. Legislative Studies Quarterly 30(November): 549-79.  [Data, replication materials, and the online appendix]

2005.  "On Being a Lone Dissenter," with Donald Granberg. Journal of Applied Social Psychology 35:1849-58. 



Bartels, Brandon L., and Chris W. Bonneau, Eds. 2014.  Making Law and Courts Research Relevant: The Normative Implications of Empirical Research. New York, NY: Routledge (Forthcoming).

·         Based on our Workshop on the Normative Implications of Empirical Research on Law and Courts, funded by the National Science Foundation.


Book Chapters

N.d.  “Genuine Leader or Merely ‘First Among Equals?’ Probing the Leadership Capacity of the Chief Justice,” with Phillip Wininger. In The Chief Justice: Appointment and Influence, eds. David Danelski and Artemus Ward. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

2010.  "Top-Down and Bottom-Up Models of Judicial Reasoning." In The Psychology of Judicial Decision Making, David Klein and Gregory Mitchell, eds. Oxford University Press.

2005.  "Ambivalence Toward American Political Institutions: Sources and Consequences," with Kathleen M. McGraw. In Ambivalence and the Structure of Political Opinion, eds. Stephen C. Craig and Michael D. Martinez. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


Papers Under Review and Work in Progress

The Constraining Capacity of Law on the U.S. Supreme Court. Longer-term book project. Supported by NSF grant SES-1123701 ($110,713), September 2011 – August 2014.

Bartels, Brandon L., Alyx Mark, and Christopher D. Johnston. “Legal Elites and Public Perceptions of the Supreme Court: Is the Supreme Court a ‘Political’ Institution?” Under review

Bartels, Brandon L., and Andrew J. O’Geen. “Legal Change and Constraint in Search and Seizure Law on the U.S. Supreme Court.” In preparation for manuscript submission

Haselswerdt, Jake, and Brandon L. Bartels. “Citizen Perceptions of Tax Expenditures and Their Costs: Evidence From a Survey Experiment.” In preparation for manuscript submission

Bartels, Brandon L., and Christopher D. Johnston. “Motivated Reasoning about the Legitimacy of Supreme Court Policies.” Work in progress

Bartels, Brandon L., and Ryan Krog. “Why is the Federal Government So Successful in the Supreme Court?” Work in progress

“Beyond ‘Fixed versus Random Effects’: A Framework for Improving Substantive and Statistical Analysis of Panel, TSCS, and Multilevel Data.” (Appendix) Note: I have created a Stata .ado file for performing data transformations described in the paper. See the Appendix for details on downloading the program.

“Issues Accompanying Time-Varying Data in Duration Modeling, With an Empirical Application to the Overruling of Supreme Court Precedent.”


Academic Blogging

Evaluating Forecasts of the Supreme Court’s Health Care Ruling. The Monkey Cage, July 19, 2012.

Guest contributor for the legal blog, Concurring Opinions (Spring and Summer 2010)


Additional Writings

Experiments in Law and Courts Research: Opportunities, Issues, and Suggestions. Law and Courts Newsletter, Spring 2014.

Psychological Approaches to Judicial Behavior: Opportunities and Challenges. Law and Courts Newsletter, Fall 2012.

What Did We Learn From the Kagan Appointment Process? Extension of Remarks (Newsletter of the APSA’s Legislative Studies Section), July 2012.


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