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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 ...

Capital Investments in the U.S. Supreme Court: Winning with Washington Representation
Capital investments in the U.S. Supreme Court: Winning with Washington representation

The tobacco industry is widely considered to be one of the most influential players in Washington's power game. Whether policy making emanates from administrative agencies within the executive branch or from committees within the legislative branch, the tobacco lobby enjoys favorable relations with decision makers. Thus, despite increased concerns about the health risks associated with smoking, critical coverage by the mass media, and much negative public opinion, cigarette manufacturers have lobbied successfully against many proposed federal policies targeted at their industry. The success of the tobacco industry, like the success of so many large corporate interests, can be attributed in part to those whom ...

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