Crafting Law on the Supreme Court: The Collegial Game

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 3, 2000 - Law - 206 pages
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In Crafting Law on the Supreme Court, Maltzman, Spriggs, and Wahlbeck use material gleaned from internal memos circulated among justices on the U.S. Supreme Court to systematically account for the building of majority opinions. The authors argue that at the heart of this process are justices whose decisions are constrained by the choices made by the other justices. The portrait of the Supreme Court that emerges stands in sharp contrast to the conventional portrait where justices act solely on the basis of the law or their personal policy preferences. This book provides a fascinating glimpse of how the Court crafts the law.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Selecting an Author Assigning the Majority Opinion
29
A Strategic Response to Draft Opinions
57
The Decision to Accommodate
94
The Politics of Coalition Formation
125
Conclusion
149
Data Reliability
155
Summary Statistics for Independent Variables
169
Measuring Preemptive Accommodation
173
References
177
Author Index
197
Subject Index
200
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