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Constrained Court Law, Politics, and the Decisions Justices Make

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ISBN-10: 1400840260

ISBN-13: 9781400840267

Edition: N/A

Authors: Michael A. Bailey, Michael A. A. Bailey, Forrest Maltzman

List price: $93.95
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How do Supreme Court justices decide their cases? Do they follow their policy preferences? Or are they constrained by the law and by other political actors?The Constrained Courtcombines new theoretical insights and extensive data analysis to show that law and politics together shape the behavior of justices on the Supreme Court.Michael Bailey and Forrest Maltzman show how two types of constraints have influenced the decision making of the modern Court. First, Bailey and Maltzman document that important legal doctrines, such as respect for precedents, have influenced every justice since 1950. The authors find considerable variation in how these doctrines affect each justice, variation due in…    
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Book details

List price: $93.95
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/22/2011
Binding: E-Book 
Pages: 216
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
The Measure of Law: Estimating Preferences across Institutions and Time
Legal Value Constraints
Disentangling Law and Policy Preferences
Law Matters
Causes and Consequences of Diverse Legal Values
Political Constraints
Separation of Powers and the Strategic Constraint
Signals from the Executive
Conclusion
Appendix. Statistical Details
Notes
References
Index