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Seventeen thought-provoking essays in this sophisticated yet accessible reader demonstrate how political scientists conduct research on law, courts, and the judicial process, and at the same time answer interesting, substantive questions. Illustrating the breadth and depth of judicial politics studies, the essays convey to students the array of contemporary thinking -- both theoretical and methodological -- at work in the field. The book's five parts cover subjects taught in most judicial politics courses. Because each chapter stands alone, instructors have the flexibility of assigning less than the whole book or chapters in a different order. Topics examined range from information used by voters electing judges to the credibility of victims of sexualized violence. Accessible to both undergraduate and graduate students, Contemplating Courts offers fascinating views ...

The U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court

On the surface, the Supreme Court of the United States is a trivial body. It is composed of only nine jurists; its total budget of $26 million is a mere drop in the bucket compared with, say, the Justice Department's budget of $6 billion; it employs fewer than 400 persons (the Justice Department pays more than 65,000 civilian employees); it meets in session just nine months of the year; and it hears arguments in only about 120 cases per term.

Yet, figures can be deceiving, for the U.S. Supreme Court is probably the most well-studied legal tribunal in the world. In the past century, thousands of articles and books have dissected its business, its decisions, and its members; there ...

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