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Contemplating Courts

Contemplating Courts - 95 edition

Contemplating Courts - 95 edition

ISBN13: 9780871879820

ISBN10: 0871879824

Contemplating Courts by Lee Epstein - ISBN 9780871879820
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 95
Copyright: 1995
Publisher: Congressional Quarterly
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Contemplating Courts by Lee Epstein - ISBN 9780871879820

ISBN13: 9780871879820

ISBN10: 0871879824

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 95

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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 into both the law and courts field and the research process itself. Epstein provides in the first chapter an overview of the key elements of judicial process research and defines key terms. Technical notes and methodology appendices offer students additional guidance.

Author Bio

Epstein, Lee (Ed.) : Washington University

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1. Studying Law and Courts - Lee Epstein


2. Electing Judges - Lawrence Baum
3. Lobbying for Justice: The Rise of Organized Conflict in the Politics of Federal Judgeships - Gregory A. Caldeira and John R. Wright
4. Capital Investments in the U.S. Supreme Court: Winning with Washington Representation - Kevin T. McGuire
5. The Mysterious Case of Establishment Clause Litigation: How Organized Litigants Foiled Legal Change - Joseph F. Kobylka


6. Plea Bargaining and Local Legal Culture - Thomas W. Church
7. Imagined Pasts: Sexualized Violence and the Revision of Truth - Kim Lane Scheppele
8. The Fired Football Coach (Or, How Trial Courts Make Policy) - Lynn Mather


9. Patterns of Appellate Litigation, 1945-1990 - Christine B. Harrington and Daniel S. Ward
10. Decision Making on the U.S. Courts of Appeals - Jeffrey A. Segal, Donald R. Songer, and Charles M. Cameron


11. The Dynamics and Determinants of Agenda Change in the Rehnquist Court - Richard L. Pacelie, Jr.
12. By Consent of the Governed: Directions in Constitutional Theory - Leslie Friedman Goldstein
13. The Attitudinal Model - Harold J. Spaeth
14. The Role of the Supreme Court in American Society: Playing the Reconstruction Game - Lee Epstein and Thomas G. Walker


15. Media, Knowledge, and Public Evaluations of the Supreme Court - Charles H. Franklin and Liane C. Kosaki
16. Do Court Decisions Matter? - Lauren Bowen
17. The Real World of Constitutional Rights: The Supreme Court and the Implementation of the Abortion Decisions - Gerald N. Rosenberg

Appendix A: Regression and Pooled Cross-Sectional Time Series - David C. Nixon
Appendix B: Probit and Logit - David C. Nixon
Appendix C: Conducting Research on Law and Courts: Sources of Data

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