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Shipan tests his theory in a detailed exploration of the development of communications legislation during the 1920s and 1930s. This is a rich period in which to study the importance of judicial review provisions, for, while most political actors accepted the courts as part of the regulatory process, the concept of assigning broad decision-making powers to agencies was new and controversial. In addition, regulation of radio was both an important issue and one fraught with uncertainty, thus inducing members of Congress and interest groups to attempt to plan ahead for future actions. Shipan examines the motivations, actions, and choices of both interest groups and members of Congress. He then looks at the impact of the choices made on later court action in the communications legislation.
This book will appeal to political scientists and legal scholars interested in the politics of judicial review, the courts, legislative politics, and communication policy.
Charles R. Shipan is Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Iowa, and is a Robert Woods Johnson Fellow, University of Michigan.
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|Ch. 1||Introduction: Judicial Review as a Political Variable||1|
|Ch. 2||Interest Groups, Congress, and Preferences over Judicial Review Provisions||15|
|Ch. 3||A Theoretical Look at Judicial Review: Agencies, Courts, and Uncertainty||37|
|Ch. 4||Interest Groups and the Origins of Broadcast Regulation||59|
|Ch. 5||Interest Groups, Judicial Review, and Broadcast Regulation||79|
|Ch. 6||Congress and the Provision of Judicial Review||97|
|Ch. 7||Conclusions and Possibilities for Future Research||123|