Of Time And Judicial Behavior United States Supreme Court Agenda Setting and Decision-Making, 1888-1997

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  • Copyright: 2003-06-01
  • Publisher: Susquehanna University Press
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The present study examines the agenda-setting and the decision-making of the U. S. Supreme Court across a period that encompasses several wars, a Great Depression, a president's attempt to pack the Court, and changes in the Court's jurisdiction. Accordingly, it paints a broad historical picture of the Court, longer than any previous study of those aspects of its business. It provides a wealth of data on the opinions that the Court issued and what issues the Court found most compelling across more than a century of jurisprudence, adding to its value as a research tool.

Author Biography

Drew Noble Lanier is Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of Central Florida.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. 9
List of Tablesp. 11
Acknowledgmentsp. 13
The Decision-Making and Agenda-Setting of the United States Supreme Court, 1888-1997p. 17
Purpose, Outline, and Importance of the Bookp. 17
The United States Supreme Court and Its Decision-Making and Agenda-Settingp. 18
Chapter Summaryp. 29
Historical Setting of the United States Supreme Court, 1888-1946p. 31
The Court in Historical Perspectivep. 31
The Fuller Court (1888-1910)p. 32
The White Court (1910-1921)p. 41
The Taft Court (1921-1930)p. 46
The Hughes Court (1930-1941)p. 49
The Stone Court (1941-1946)p. 55
Chapter Summaryp. 58
Contours of Judicial Attention: Composition and Dynamics of the Workload and the Agenda of the United States Supreme Court, 1888-1997p. 60
Data Collection Processp. 60
Size and Composition of the Court's Caseloadp. 62
Major Issue Areasp. 85
Chapter Summaryp. 92
Going Their Own Way: Unanimity of United States Supreme Court Decision-Making, 1888-1997p. 96
Unanimity Exploredp. 96
Unanimity Examinedp. 98
Chapter Summaryp. 127
Who Wins and Who Loses across Time: Liberalism of United States Supreme Court Decision-Making, 1888-1997p. 129
Politics, Liberalism, and the Supreme Courtp. 129
Chapter Summaryp. 174
The Long-Run Relationship between the Supreme Court's Decision-Making Environment and Its Liberalismp. 176
Theoretical Foundation for Supreme Court Decision-Makingp. 177
Models of Institutional Liberalism across Timep. 179
Fractional Integration, Nonstationarity, and Cointegrationp. 195
The Long-Run Relationship between the Justices' Policy Preferences and Political Valuesp. 203
Chapter Summaryp. 206
The Continuity of Change: The Supreme Court across Timep. 208
Overview of the Book's Findingsp. 208
Importance of the Book's Findingsp. 218
Suggestions for Further Researchp. 219
Coding Sheet for Agenda and Decisional Data for the United States Surpeme Court, 1888-1937p. 222
Coding Protocol for Agenda and Decisional Data for the United States Supreme Court, 1888-1937p. 224
Notesp. 228
Referencesp. 252
Indexp. 260
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