Department of Politics - Princeton University Princeton University

Charles M. Cameron

Professor Cameron with Princeton professor Jonathan Kastellec, will be investigating the operation, dynamics, and trajectory of America’s separation‐of‐powers system by conducting an in‐depth examination of historical changes in the politics of Supreme Court nominations. They will examine nominations from 1930‐2017, addressing such questions as what types of nominees presidents select and what the consequences of appointments are for the long‐run trajectory of the Court’s decisions. The overarching goal of the project is to produce the first integrated account of Supreme Court nomination and confirmation politics that simultaneously place changes in the nomination process within the larger context of the dramatic evolution of American Politics over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries. In doing so, they hope to contribute to the normative debate over whether the United States’ separation‐of‐power system can cope with the dramatic changes in the American constitutional order and the current era of intense partisan polarization.