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The President and the Supreme Court

The President and the Supreme Court
Going Public on Judicial Decisions from Washington to Trump


  • Publication planned for: February 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108723893

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About the Authors
  • When presidents take positions on pending Supreme Court cases or criticize the Court's decisions, they are susceptible to being attacked for acting as bullies and violating the norm of judicial independence. Why then do presidents target Supreme Court decisions in their public appeals? In this book, Paul M. Collins, Jr. and Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha argue that presidents discuss the Court's decisions to demonstrate their responsiveness to important matters of public policy and to steer the implementation of the Court's decisions. Using data from Washington to Trump, they show that, far from being bullies, presidents discuss cases to promote their reelection, policy goals, and historical legacies, while attempting to affect the impact of Court decisions on the bureaucracy, Congress, the media, and the public.

    • Provides the most comprehensive examination of presidential speeches on U.S. Supreme Court decisions
    • Includes stories from the history of the American republic to illuminate how presidential discussions of Supreme Court decisions have and have not changed over time
    • Examines the effect of presidential speeches on the Court, Congress, the media, and the public
    • Blends normative scholarship with empirical and historical data on the relationship between the president and the Supreme Court
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: February 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108723893
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Going Public and the Supreme Court
    2. Going Public on Pending Decisions
    3. Going Public on Decided Cases
    4. The Tone of Presidential Rhetoric on Supreme Court Decisions
    5. Presidential Calls to Congress
    6. Presidential Leadership of News Coverage
    7. Presidents and Public Opinion
    8. Going Public on Supreme Court Cases before the Modern Presidency
    9. Conclusions.

  • Authors

    Paul M. Collins, Jr., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Paul M. Collins, Jr. is Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies and the Director of Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has published extensively on the U.S. Supreme Court in a variety of journals and is also the author of two award-winning books: Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change (2013), coauthored with Lori A. Ringhand, and Friends of the Supreme Court: Interest Groups and Judicial Decision Making (2008).

    Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha, University of North Texas
    Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha is Department Chair and Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas. His research focuses on American political institutions, specifically the presidency and mass media, and public policy. He is the author of nearly three dozen scholarly articles and two books: The President's Speeches: Beyond “Going Public” (2006) and Breaking through the Noise: Presidential Leadership, Public Opinion, and the News Media, coauthored with Jeffrey S. Peake (2011).

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