Friends of the Supreme Court: Interest Groups and Judicial Decision Making

Friends of the Supreme Court: Interest Groups and Judicial Decision Making

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The U.S. Supreme Court is a public policy battleground in which organized interests attempt to etch their economic, legal, and political preferences into law through the filing of amicus curiae ("friend of the court") briefs. In Friends of the Supreme Court: Interest Groups and Judicial Decision Making, Paul M. Collins, Jr. explores how organized interests influence the justices' decision making, including how the justices vote and whether they choose to author concurrences and dissents. Collins presents theories of judicial choice derived from disciplines as diverse as law, marketing, political science, and social psychology. This theoretically rich and empirically rigorous treatment of decision-making on the nation's highest court, which represents the most comprehensive examination ever undertaken of the influence of U.S. Supreme Court amicus briefs, provides clear evidence that interest groups play a significant role in shaping the justices' more

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  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 156 x 236 x 16mm | 480.81g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019537214X
  • 9780195372144

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We have a well-documented and thorough examination of amicus participation and the influence of these briefs on the justices and their votes. The data are excellent and the work thorough. For scholars interested in an eclectic approach to the study of the decision making of the justices, it is a book worth reading. * Rorie Solberg, The Journal of Politics *show more

About Paul M. Collins

Paul Collins is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas. In 2006, he was awarded the Council of Graduate Schools/University Microfilms International Award for the Most Distinguished Dissertation in the Social Sciences defended between July 2004 and June more

Table of contents

Author Biography ; Dedication ; Acknowledgements ; I. Introduction ; II. Interest Group Litigation ; III. Amicus Curiae Participation in the Supreme Court ; IV. Amici Curiae and Judicial Decision Making ; V. Amici Curiae and the Consistency of Judicial Decision Making ; VI. Amici Curiae and Dissensus on the Supreme Court ; VII. Conclusions and Implications ; Appendix: Data and Data Reliability ; References ; Table of Cases ; Indexshow more

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