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Crafting Law on the Supreme Court

Crafting Law on the Supreme Court
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  • Date Published: September 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521783941

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  • Material is gleaned from internal memos circulated among justices on the Supreme Court to systematically account for the building of majority opinions. The authors argue that at the heart of this process are policy-seeking justices who are constrained by the choices made by the other justices. By strategically using threats, signals, and persuasion, justices attempt to influence the behavior of their colleagues on the bench. Evidence derived from the recently released papers of justices Brennan, Douglas, Marshall, and Powell is used to test the authors' theory of opinion writing. The portrait of the Supreme Court that emerges stands in sharp contrast to the conventional portrait where justices act solely on the basis of the law or their personal policy preferences. This book provides a fascinating glimpse of how the Court crafts the law.

    • Data drawn from the personal papers of retired Supreme Court justices
    • Rigorous empirical analysis
    • Shows bargaining and compromise in the Supreme Court
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    Awards

    • Winner, 2017 Lasting Contribution Award, American Political Science Association
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    • Date Published: September 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521783941
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 18 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Selecting an author: assigning the majority opinion
    3. A strategic response to draft opinions
    4. The decision to accommodate
    5. The politics of coalition formation
    6. Conclusion.

  • Authors

    Forrest Maltzman, George Washington University, Washington DC

    James F. Spriggs, University of California, Davis

    Paul J. Wahlbeck, George Washington University, Washington DC

    Awards

    • Winner, 2017 Lasting Contribution Award, American Political Science Association
    • Winner, 2001 C. Herman Pritchett Award, Law and Courts Section, American Political Science Association

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