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- DescriptionFew 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.
- Author BiographyMatthew 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.
- Author(s)Matthew E. K. Hall
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication12/09/2013
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note22 b/w illus. 32 tables
- Weight390 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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