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The Supreme Court
An Analytic History of Constitutional Decision Making


Part of Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions

  • Date Published: March 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108436939

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  • This book presents a quantitative history of constitutional law in the United States and brings together humanistic and social-scientific approaches to studying law. Using theoretical models of adjudication, Tom S. Clark presents a statistical model of law and uses the model to document the historical development of constitutional law. Using sophisticated statistical methods and historical analysis of court decisions, the author documents how social and political forces shape the path of law. Spanning the history of constitutional law since Reconstruction, this book illustrates the way in which the law evolves with American life and argues that a social-scientific approach to the history of law illuminates connections across disparate areas of the law, connected by the social context in which the Constitution has been interpreted.

    • Presents a quantitative history of law that will appeal to social scientists
    • Includes a broad historical scope and covers most of the significant history of American constitutional law
    • Utilizes an innovative statistical model that brings together distinct techniques to study the history of law
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108436939
    • length: 470 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 68 b/w illus. 16 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The history of constitutional law: inside and outside
    2. Modeling constitutional doctrine
    3. An empirical model of constitutional decision making
    4. The cases, votes, and opinions
    5. Patterns in constitutional law
    6. From civil war to regulation and federal power
    7. War, security, and culture clash
    8. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Tom S. Clark, Emory University, Atlanta
    Tom S. Clark is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Political Science at Emory University, Atlanta. His research focuses on judicial decision-making and his recent work has focused on the development of law. His first book, The Limits of Judicial Independence (Cambridge, 2010), won the William Riker Award for the best book in political economy from the American Political Science Association.

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