Civil Juries and the Politics of Reform

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Northwestern University Press, 1995 - Law - 318 pages
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Stephen Daniels and Joanne Martin have analyzed patterns in jury verdicts in a number of substantive legal areas, including medical malpractice, products liability, and punitive damages, against the background of the larger political and academic debate over tort reform. Civil Juries and the Politics of Reform brings together and summarizes the authors' extensive empirical research on civil jury verdicts in the context of that debate. Some commentators are arguing that there is a substantial gap between the image of juries and civil justice that is driving tort reform and what is known of the reality of the civil justice system. The authors use their discussion of juries not simply to help inform the policy debate but to analyze tort reform as a public policy issue for what it tells about the policy process itself.
 

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Contents

The Public Policy Process and the Importance of Agenda
29
An Empirical Mapping
60
Medical Malpractice
92
Products Liability
152
Punitive Damages
199
Politics Policy
244
Notes
259
Index
306
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Joanne Martin, J.D., is Assistant Director of the American Bar Foundation.

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