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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 ...

By Consent of the Governed: Directions in Constitutional Theory
By consent of the governed: Directions in constitutional theory

How should judges reach decisions? To address this question, scholars often invoke constitutional theory or constitutional philosophy—phrases that refer to a framework of principles for guiding judges in their task of constitutional interpretation. Although analysts have long expounded such theories, scholarly interest in constitutional philosophy often increases in eras when the output of the U.S. Supreme Court is exceptionally controversial. For example, the felt need for such a framework intensified in a number of stages immediately prior to the 1970s. And, after the Court's decision in Roe v. Wade (1973), the felt need was so overwhelming that it led to a veritable flowering of constitutional theory in the ...

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