Empirical Theories About Courts

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Quid Pro Books, Nov 17, 2015 - Law - 320 pages
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The classic and groundbreaking study of trial courts and other dispute processes — and foundational ways to think about researching them — is now available in a modern digital edition. It is edited by Professors Keith O. Boyum and Lynn Mather, and includes chapters from the leading theorists about courts and their research.

Much cited and relevant today in how it frames the analysis of courts, this book's new republication features an additional Introduction and Afterword by the editors, with updates, and a new Foreword by Christina L. Boyd. As Boyd writes, “For nearly all civil and criminal cases the traditional model of court as a judge-dominated, formal adversary process of adjudication does not hold. What exists instead ... is so variable, complex, and dynamic that a proper study of courts must return to first principles. And that is precisely what an all-star list of interdisciplinary court scholars, many of whom have established storied careers as trial court experts, does so well within the chapters of this book.” She adds: “I find the text to be very contemporary. Empirical Theories About Courts’ design to focus on theory building rather than simply examining discrete datasets or engaging in data mining of a single set of observations is a key factor in the book’s longevity.” 

Quality ebook features includes linked Contents and notes, fully linked and paginated Index, proper formatting, and all of the tables and figures of the original properly presented. Part of the Classics of Law & Society Series from Quid Pro Books.


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Foreword 2015
Preface 2015
About the Authors ix
Comparing Courts Across Time and Space 7
Summary 44
Courts Moots and the Disputing Process Barbara Yngvesson and Lynn Mather
Toward a Theory of the Third Party Donald Black and M P Baumgartner
Understanding the Work That Courts Do 115
Conclusions and Implications 158
Understanding How Courts Do Their Work 189
An Interorganizational 216
Ways to Organize the Study of Courts Lynn 244
Afterword 2015
Bibliography 250
Index 279

Sketches for a Theoretical Mapping of the ClaimDefinition Process Keith O Boyum

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About the author (2015)

Keith O. Boyum is a retired Associate Vice Chancellor of the California State University system, and Professor of Political Science Emeritus at California State University, Fullerton.  Lynn Mather is SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Law and Political Science at SUNY Buffalo Law School. 

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