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

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

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

"An original contribution to the study of judicial politics that draws from the field of social psychology to suggest a radically new approach to the study of decisional behavior."—Sheldon Goldman, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"This book makes a very strong case that we need to begin to look at judicial behavior in a way that is not reflected in any of the most significant recent work. It will change the way many scholars think about the courts."—Donald Songer, University of South Carolina

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ISBN-13: 9780691124933
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 07/03/2006
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Thinking about Judicial Behavior     1
Models of Judicial Behavior     5
Shared Assumptions: The Judge as Mr. Spock     9
Limitations of the Dominant Models     19
Audience as a Perspective     21
Judging as Self-Presentation     25
People and Their Audiences     25
Judicial Self-Presentation: A First Look     32
Audiences and Judicial Behavior     43
Court Colleagues, the Public, and the Other Branches of Government     50
Court Colleagues     50
The General Public     60
The Other Branches     72
Conclusions     85
Social and Professional Groups     88
Social Groups     88
Professional Groups: Lawyers and Judges     97
Conclusions     116
Policy Groups, the News Media, and the Greenhouse Effect     118
Policy Groups     118
The News Media     135
A Greenhouse Effect?     139
Conclusions     155
Procedures for Analysis of Voting Change by Supreme Court Justices     155
Implicationsfor the Study of Judicial Behavior     158
Motivational Bases for the Dominant Models     158
Departures from the Dominant Models     162
Probing the Impact of Judicial Audiences     171
Some Final Thoughts     174
References     177
Name Index     221
Subject and Case Index     229

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