The Nature of Supreme Court Power

The Nature of Supreme Court Power

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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.Later that day, the Florida Division of Elections reported that out of almost six million votes cast, Governor Bush led Vice ... Gore exercised his right under state law to request manual recounts in four Florida counties: Volusia, Palm Beach, anbsp;...

Title:The Nature of Supreme Court Power
Author:Matthew E. K. Hall
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2010-12-06


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