The Choices Justices Make / Edition 1

The Choices Justices Make / Edition 1

by Jack Knight, Lee Epstein
     
 

The Choices Justices Make argues convincingly that Supreme Court justices are policy-makers who strategically select courses of action by weighing not only their own preferences but also the actions they expect from their colleagues on the Court, Congress, and the president.

Enriched with unique data, stories, and internal documents culled from four justices'

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Overview

The Choices Justices Make argues convincingly that Supreme Court justices are policy-makers who strategically select courses of action by weighing not only their own preferences but also the actions they expect from their colleagues on the Court, Congress, and the president.

Enriched with unique data, stories, and internal documents culled from four justices' private papers, this book makes a strong case for the factors that hold sway on justices as they decide which cases to accept, how to vote in conference, and how to word their written opinions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568022260
Publisher:
Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
750,040
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Preface
Ch. 1A Strategic Account of Judicial Decisions1
Overview of the Strategic Account9
Major Components of the Strategic Account10
Conclusion18
Ch. 2Justices as Policy Seekers22
Reasonableness of Policy Assumption23
Exclusive Focus on Policy Goals36
Attainment of Goals50
Ch. 3Strategic Interaction56
Bargaining58
Forward Thinking79
Manipulating the Agenda88
Strategic Opinion Writing95
Ch. 4The Institutional Context I112
Institutions and the Formation of Expectations115
The Internal Institutions of the Court118
Ch. 5The Institutional Context II138
Separation of Powers139
The Court and the American People157
Ch. 6Implications of the Strategic Account182
Implications for the Emergence of Law182
Implications for the Future Study of Courts and Law184
Appendix187
Index189

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