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Institutional Games and the U.S. Supreme Court
Institutional Games and the U.S. Supreme Court
Rogers, James R., Flemming, Roy B., Bond, Jon R.

Over the course of the past decade, the behavioral analysis of decisions by the Supreme Court has turned to game theory to gain new insights into this important institution in...


Battle over the Bench
Battle over the Bench

Senators, Interest Groups, and Lower Court Confirmations

Steigerwalt, Amy

Who gets seated on the lower federal courts and why? Why are some nominees confirmed easily while others travel a long, hard road to confirmation? What role do senators and...


Answering the Call of the Court
Answering the Call of the Court

How Justices and Litigants Set the Supreme Court Agenda

Baird, Vanessa A.

The U.S. Supreme Court is the quintessential example of a court that expanded its agenda into policy areas that were once reserved for legislatures. Yet scholars know very...


Lighting the Way
Lighting the Way

Federal Courts, Civil Rights, and Public Policy

Rice, Douglas

Do our federal courts, including the Supreme Court, lead or merely implement public policy? This is a critical question in the study and practice of law, with a long history of...


Judging on a Collegial Court
Judging on a Collegial Court

Influences on Federal Appellate Decision Making

Hettinger, Virginia A., Lindquist, Stefanie A., Martinek, Wendy L.

in the professional world as a starting point for collaboration; rather than leaving decisions to just one person, dissent offers the opportunity to rethink or reinvent an idea...


Merely Judgment
Merely Judgment

Ignoring, Evading, and Trumping the Supreme Court

Sweet, Martin J.

Merely Judgment uses affirmative action in government contracting, legislative vetoes, flag burning, hate speech, and school prayer as windows for understanding how...


Creating Constitutional Change
Creating Constitutional Change

Clashes over Power and Liberty in the Supreme Court

Ivers, Gregg, McGuire, Kevin T.

Because the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court tell us what the Constitution means, they can create constitutional change. For quite some time, general readers who have been...


Voters' Verdicts
Voters' Verdicts

Citizens, Campaigns, and Institutions in State Supreme Court Elections

Bonneau, Chris W., Cann, Damon M.

In Voters’ Verdicts, Chris Bonneau and Damon Cann address contemporary concerns with judicial elections by investigating factors that influence voters’ decisions in the...


The View from the Bench and Chambers
The View from the Bench and Chambers

Examining Judicial Process and Decision Making on the U.S. Courts of Appeals

Bowie, Jennifer Barnes, Songer, Donald R., Szmer, John

For most of their history, the U.S. courts of appeals have toiled in obscurity, well out of the limelight of political controversy. But as the number of appeals has increased...


High Courts in Global Perspective
High Courts in Global Perspective

Evidence, Methodologies, and Findings

Garoupa, Nuno, Gill, Rebecca D., Tiede, Lydia B.

High courts around the world hold a revered place in the legal hierarchy. These courts are the presumed impartial final arbiters as individuals, institutions, and nations...


Diversity Matters
Diversity Matters

Judicial Policy Making in the U.S. Courts of Appeals

Haire, Susan B., Moyer, Laura P.

Until President Jimmy Carter launched an effort to diversify the lower federal courts, the U.S. courts of appeals had been composed almost entirely of white males. But by 2008...


Law, Politics, and Perception
Law, Politics, and Perception

How Policy Preferences Influence Legal Reasoning

Braman, Eileen

Are judges' decisions more likely to be based on personal inclinations or legal authority? The answer, Eileen Braman argues, is both. Law, Politics, and Perception brings...


Strategic Selection
Strategic Selection

Presidential Nomination of Supreme Court Justices from Herbert Hoover through George W. Bush

Nemacheck, Christine

The process by which presidents decide whom to nominate to fill Supreme Court vacancies is obviously of far-ranging importance, particularly because the vast majority of...


The Nature of Rights at the American Founding and Beyond
The Nature of Rights at the American Founding and Beyond
Shain, Barry Alan

Americans have been claiming and defending rights since long before the nation achieved independence. But few Americans recognize how profoundly the nature of rights has...


The Senate
The Senate

From White Supremacy to Governmental Gridlock

Wirls, Daniel

In this lively analysis, Daniel Wirls examines the Senate in relation to our other institutions of government and the constitutional system as a whole, exposing the role of the...


Judicial Independence in the Age of Democracy
Judicial Independence in the Age of Democracy

Critical Perspectives from around the World

Russell, Peter H., O'Brien, David M.

This collection of essays by leading scholars of constitutional law looks at a critical component of constitutional democracy--judicial independence--from an international...


The View of the Courts from the Hill
The View of the Courts from the Hill

Interactions between Congress and the Federal Judiciary

Miller, Mark C.

The View of the Courts from the Hill explores the current interactions and relationship between the U.S. Congress and federal courts using a "governance as dialogue"...