There is no other source that provides in one place the wide range and depth of insight found in Vital Statistics on American Politics (VSAP), published since 1988. VSAP provides historical and statistical information on all aspects of American politics: Political parties Voter turnout Public opinion Campaign finance Media perspective and influence, congressional membership and voting patterns The presidency and executive branch Military policy and spending Supreme Court and federal court make-up and caseloads Foreign, social, and economic policy In over 230 tables and figures, students and professional researchers will find chapters devoted to key subject areas such as elections and political parties, public opinion and voting, the media, the three branches of U.S. government, foreign, military, social and economic policy, and much more. This book provides a vivid and multifaceted portrait of the broad spectrum of United States politics and policies. Along with updated and new data content, this edition offers brand new data literacy lessons that take a “guide on the side” approach to teach data researchers how to wade through the sea of data and do the difficult work of grappling for the meaning of the data on their own. Lessons include understanding descriptive representation data, comparing data over time, noticing gaps in data, unpacking dichotomies of public opinion, and more.

The Judiciary

The judiciary
  • Federal and State Court Structures
  • Supreme Court Justices
  • Ratings
  • Failed Nominations
  • Federal Court Judges
  • Supreme Court Caseloads
  • Federal Court Caseloads
  • Laws Overturned

The judiciary is a co-equal branch to the legislature and executive branches, but occupies a unique space within the American political system. Established by Article III of the Constitution to interpret law by deciding cases of dispute, the federal judiciary includes the Supreme Court and other “inferior” courts established by Congress. As Figure 7-1 and 7-2 illustrate, the system that has developed over the years is organized both hierarchically and geographically, with a variety of rules and interpretations governing the jurisdiction of the different courts. This is to say nothing of the separate judicial systems operating within each state, which we do not address in this chapter.

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