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Supreme Court and the Attitudinal Model Revisited

ISBN-10: 0521789710
ISBN-13: 9780521789714
Edition: 2002
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Description: This book, authored by two leading scholars of the Supreme Court and its policy making, systematically presents and validates the use of the attitudinal model to explain and predict Supreme Court decision making. In the process, it critiques the two  More...

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Book details

List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/16/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.672

This book, authored by two leading scholars of the Supreme Court and its policy making, systematically presents and validates the use of the attitudinal model to explain and predict Supreme Court decision making. In the process, it critiques the two major alternative models of Supreme Court decision making and their major variants: the legal and rational choice. Using the US Supreme Court Data Base, the justices' private papers, and other sources of information, the book analyzes the appointment process, certiorari, the decision on the merits, opinion assignments, and the formation of opinion coalitions. The book will be the definitive presentation of the attitudinal model as well as an authoritative critique of the legal and rational choice models. The book thoroughly reflects research done since the 1993 publication of its predecessor, as well as decisions and developments in the Supreme Court, including the momentous decision of Bush v. Gore.

Introduction: Supreme Court policy making
Models of decision making I: the legal model
Models of decision making II: the attitudinal and rational choice models
A political history of the Supreme Court
Staffing the Court
Getting into Court
The decision on the merits: the legal process
The decision on the merits: the attitudinal and rational choice models
Opinion assignment and opinion coalitions
The Supreme Court and constitutional democracy
Conclusion

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