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Models of the Judiciary

Models of the judiciary
Deborah Beim


This chapter provides an overview of how courts work. It focuses on American federal courts, and takes the perspective of contemporary analytical theory. In other words, it reviews game-theoretic models of American courts. The chapter's structure follows the path of a case through the courts. These paths are long (see the literary description of how long in Jarndyce and Jarndyce as told by Charles Dickens (1853)). As a result, the chapter necessarily skims over each step, and unfortunately leaves aside many relevant and important models, papers and treatises. My hope is that the chapter, targeted at scholars of other institutions, will provide a cursory overview of how game theorists think about courts. ...

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