Date of Award

Fall 12-17-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Robert Howard

Second Advisor

Amy Steigerwalt

Third Advisor

Charles Hankla

Abstract

This paper seeks to understand the connection between political attacks on independent judiciaries and democracy scores. This study analyzed 2700 observations of democratic countries from 1980 to 2015 to test and potentially to identify if political attacks on independent judiciaries decrease high court independence thus resulting in a decrease of democracy scores. This paper found evidence to support that political attacks on courts do negatively impact democracy scores and that there have been more political attacks on courts after 2000 than before 2000

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