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Presley W. Pang


Both Slotnick and Fowler analyze judicial nominee data on multiple dimensions and attempt to account for the variations. Slotnick explains the variations by the imposition of a presidential directive to seek non-traditional candidates. Fowler attempts to trace the variations to the use of a nominating panel during the recommendation stages. For its intended purpose each study stands in its own right. This reply will attempt to transplant their empirical conclusions into the debate over the strength of the influence wielded by the political actors during the selection of federal judges.

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