The Supreme Court Compendium provides historical and statistical information on the Supreme Court: its institutional development; caseload; decision trends; the background, nomination, and voting behavior of its justices; its relationship with public, governmental, and other judicial bodies; and its impact. With over 180 tables and figures, this new edition is intended to capture the full retrospective picture through the 2013-2014 term of the Roberts Court and the momentous decisions handed down within the last four years, including United States v. Windsor, National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, and Shelby County v. Holder.

The Supreme Court and Public Opinion
The Supreme Court and Public Opinion

The relationship between the Supreme Court and public opinion brings together questions of vital interest to Court-watchers. First, is the Supreme Court influenced by public opinion? Second, does the Supreme Court have the capability to influence public opinion through its rulings? The latter question can be expanded to include issues of public support for the Court and the extent to which the Court is able to influence the public’s opinion about itself.

High-profile decisions by and large reflect public opinion.1 Whether the Court is actually influenced by public opinion is harder to gauge. Some scholars think the answer must be yes. Without the power of the sword or the purse,2 the Court requires public ...

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