Judges and Their Audiences A Perspective on Judicial Behaviour

ISBN-10: 0691138273

ISBN-13: 9780691138275

Edition: 2008

Authors: Lawrence Baum
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Description: What motivates judges as decision makers? Political scientist Lawrence Baum offers a new perspective on this crucial question, a perspective based on judges' interest in the approval of audiences important to them. The conventional scholarly wisdom holds that judges on higher courts seek only to make good law, good policy, or both. In these theories, judges are influenced by other people only in limited ways, in consequence of their legal and policy goals. In contrast, Baum argues that the influence of judges' audiences is pervasive. This influence derives from judges' interest in popularity and respect, a motivation central to most people. Judges care about the regard of audiences because they like that regard in itself, not just as a means to other ends.Judges and Their Audiencesuses research in social psychology to make the case that audiences shape judges' choices in substantial ways. Drawing on a broad range of scholarship on judicial decision-making and an array of empirical evidence, the book then analyzes the potential and actual impact of several audiences, including the public, other branches of government, court colleagues, the legal profession, and judges' social peers. Engagingly written, this book provides a deeper understanding of key issues concerning judicial behavior on which scholars disagree, identifies aspects of judicial behavior that diverge from the assumptions of existing models, and shows how those models can be strengthened.

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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Thinking about Judicial Behavior
Models of Judicial Behavior
Shared Assumptions: The Judge as Mr. Spock
Limitations of the Dominant Models
Audience as a Perspective
Judging as Self-Presentation
People and Their Audiences
Judicial Self-Presentation: A First Look
Audiences and Judicial Behavior
Court Colleagues, the Public, and the Other Branches of Government
Court Colleagues
The General Public
The Other Branches
Conclusions
Social and Professional Groups
Social Groups
Professional Groups: Lawyers and Judges
Conclusions
Policy Groups, the News Media, and the Greenhouse Effect
Policy Groups
The News Media
A Greenhouse Effect?
Conclusions
Procedures for Analysis of Voting Change by Supreme Court Justices
Implications for the Study of Judicial Behavior
Motivational Bases for the Dominant Models
Departures from the Dominant Models
Probing the Impact of Judicial Audiences
Some Final Thoughts
References
Name Index
Subject and Case Index
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