About Me

Robert J. Hume is a Professor of Political Science at Fordham University and is currently serving as the Chair of the Political Science Department. Dr. Hume has degrees from the College of the Holy Cross (B.A.) and the University of Virginia (M.A., Ph.D.). He is the author of three books on law and policy: How Courts Impact Federal Administrative Behavior (Routledge 2009, winner of the 2010 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award in Professional Studies), Courthouse Democracy and Minority Rights: Same-Sex Marriage in the States (Oxford University Press 2013); and Ethics and Accountability on the U.S. Supreme Court: An Analysis of Recusal Practices (forthcoming, Fall 2017, SUNY Press). He has published in American Politics Research, the Law & Society Review, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Justice System Journal, and Publius. His textbook, Judicial Behavior and Policymaking: An Introduction (Rowman & Littlefield), is expected in January 2018.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

March/April 2013 Issue of Judicature

I am appearing in the March/April 2013 issue of Judicature, in a review essay of Electing Judges: The Surprising Effects of Campaigning on Judicial Legitimacy. In the essay, titled "Legitimacy, Yes, But at What Cost," I draw upon insights from my recent book, Courthouse Democracy and Minority Rights: Same-Sex Marriage in the States, concluding, "Many citizens might prefer to have judges accountable to them, but I am concerned about the tradeoff between accountability and counter-majoritarianism. Among our national institutions, only the federal judiciary has retained its original counter-majoritarian character. If all judges were elected, who would be left to stand up for minority rights?" Read more in Judicature!