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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 ...

Patterns of Appellate Litigation, 1945–1990
Patterns of appellate litigation, 1945–1990
ChristineB.Harrington and DanielS.Ward

In 1891 Congress created the U.S. circuit courts of appeals, resulting in one of the most significant reforms in the history of the federal judiciary. Situating them between the U.S. district courts and the U.S. Supreme Court, Congress hoped that the new appellate courts, by uniformly applying national law, would relieve Supreme Court justices of their burgeoning caseloads and would resolve conflicts among the federal district courts. By the same token, Congress wished to counter the influence of state politics on these newly devised tribunals; after all, it intended that courts of appeals should be free from any undue regional or state pressures in their application of the law. Accordingly, by congressional design, the ...

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