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Concerned that scholars in various disciplines were talking past each other and that policy debates concerning judicial independence were impoverished, the editors convened a conference of scholars from the disciplines of law, political science, history, economics and sociology. Judicial Independence at the Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Approach is a collection of essays reflecting the disciplinary perspectives of the authors and the shared understanding that emerged from the conference.
Chapter 8: Customary Independence
When a conference attended largely by political scientists devotes itself to developing a “research agenda,” it creates the unspoken assumption that the research solicited for inclusionon such an agenda will be empirical in character and lean heavily on data collection and statistical analysis. As an academic lawyer who has no business opining on—let alone conducting—that sort of research, I must look elsewhere to earn my keep and in this chapter I have developed an agenda line item that has one foot in history and the other in law.
Be it a date-night dispute over whether Certsis a candy mint or a breath mint, a quarrel between beer drinkers over whether Lite beer tastes great or is less filling, or a tiff between ...