Judges and Their Audiences: A Perspective on Judicial Behavior / Edition 1

Judges and Their Audiences: A Perspective on Judicial Behavior / Edition 1

by Lawrence Baum
     
 

In this engaging book, political scientist Lawrence Baum offers a new perspective on what motivates judges in their decision making. The conventional wisdom in the study of judicial behavior holds that judges on higher courts seek only to make good law, good policy, or both, and are influenced by others only in limited ways as a consequence of their legal and policy… See more details below

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In this engaging book, political scientist Lawrence Baum offers a new perspective on what motivates judges in their decision making. The conventional wisdom in the study of judicial behavior holds that judges on higher courts seek only to make good law, good policy, or both, and are influenced by others only in limited ways as a consequence of their legal and policy goals. In contrast, Baum argues that judges are not immune to the general social need for popularity and respect, and that this need shapes their choices in important ways. Baum provides a deeper understanding of the key issues concerning judicial behavior, he identifies aspects of judicial behavior that diverge from the assumptions of existing models, and he shows how these models can be strengthened.

About the Author:
Lawrence Baum is professor of political science at Ohio State University. He is a student of judicial politics, with a primary interest in explanation of judicial behavior. His previous books include American Courts, The Supreme Court, and The Puzzle of Judicial Behavior

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691138275
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/14/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Thinking about judicial behavior1
Ch. 2Judging as self-presentation25
Ch. 3Court colleagues, the public, and the other branches of government50
Ch. 4Social and professional groups88
Ch. 5Policy groups, the news media, and the greenhouse effect118
Ch. 6Implications for the study of judicial behavior158

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