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  • Main Title Appellate Recruitment Patterns in the Higher British Judiciary: 1850 - 1990


  • Author: Thomas, Bruce K.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Booth, John A.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Books, John W.
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Ditslear, Corey
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Brandt, Patrick
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Ruderman, Richard
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 2004-12
  • Digitized: 2007-12-06


  • English


  • Content Description: This study seeks to advance the understanding of appellate promotion in the senior judiciary of Great Britain . It describes the population and attributes of judges who served in the British High Courts, Court of Appeal, and Appellate Committee of the House of Lords (i.e., Law Lords) from 1850 to 1990. It specifically builds upon the work of C. Neal Tate and tests his model of appellate recruitment on a larger and augmented database. The study determines that family status, previously asserted as having a large effect on recruitment to the appellate courts, is not as important as previously believed. It concludes that merit effects, professional norms, and institutional constraints offer equally satisfactory or better explanations of appellate recruitment patterns.


  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Judges -- Selection and appointment -- Great Britain.
  • Keyword: judges
  • Keyword: British
  • Keyword: recruitment


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Thomas, Bruce K.
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • OCLC: 58652080
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc4650


  • Degree Name: Doctor of Philosophy
  • Degree Level: Doctoral
  • Degree Discipline: Political Science
  • Academic Department: Department of Political Science
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas