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The Nature of Supreme Court Power

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  • Date Published: September 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107617827

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  • Few institutions in the world are credited with initiating and confounding political change on the scale of the United States Supreme Court. The Court is uniquely positioned to enhance or inhibit political reform, enshrine or dismantle social inequalities, and expand or suppress individual rights. Yet despite claims of victory from judicial activists and complaints of undemocratic lawmaking from the Court's critics, numerous studies of the Court assert that it wields little real power. This book examines the nature of Supreme Court power by identifying conditions under which the Court is successful at altering the behavior of state and private actors. Employing a series of longitudinal studies that use quantitative measures of behavior outcomes across a wide range of issue areas, it develops and supports a new theory of Supreme Court power.

    • Offers a powerful challenge to the prevailing theory of Supreme Court power
    • Examines the Supreme Court's power through a series of brief case studies that explore the historical background, legal context and real-world consequences of 27 important rulings
    • Information is presented in a manner that is easily accessible without any special expertise or background knowledge
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    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107617827
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus. 32 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Neither force, nor will
    2. When courts command
    3. Judging the court
    4. Popular vertical issues
    5. Unpopular vertical issues
    6. Popular lateral issues
    7. Unpopular lateral issues
    8. Neither the sword nor the purse, but the keys.

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    Matthew E. K. Hall, St Louis University, Missouri
    Matthew E. K. Hall is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Law at Saint Louis University. He earned his Ph.D. in political science, with distinction, from Yale University. His work has appeared in the American Politics Review, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies and the Journal of Law and Policy.

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