How Courts Impact Federal Administrative Behavior

How Courts Impact Federal Administrative Behavior

by Robert J. Hume


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How Courts Impact Federal Administrative Behavior by Robert J. Hume

What impact do federal courts have on the administrative agencies of the federal government? How do agencies react to the decisions of federal courts? This book answers these questions by examining the responses of federal agencies to the U.S. Courts of Appeals, revealing what happens inside agencies after courts rule against them. Robert J. Hume draws upon dozens of interviews with current and former administrators, taking readers behind the scenes of these organizations to reveal their internal procedures, their attitudes about courts, and their surprising capacity to be influenced by a judge’s choice of words. This fascinating study will be of interest to students and scholars of politics as well as those seeking great understanding of the intricacies of the US political system.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415999274
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/22/2009
Series: Routledge Studies in North American Politics Series , #3
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Robert J. Hume is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Fordham University. He has published in the Law & Society Review, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and Justice System Journal.

Table of Contents

List of Tables. 1. Words Matter 2. The Mechanics of Review 3. How Words Matter 4. Certiorari and Other Appeals 5. Policy Change 6. Agency Nonacquiescence 7. Why Words Matter. Appendix A: Interview Procedures. Appendix B: Measurement of Key Variables. Notes. Works Cited. Cases Cited. Administrative Actions Cited. Index.

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