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Crafting Law on the Supreme Court: The Collegial Game Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0521780100 ISBN-10: 0521780101 Edition: 1st

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"Crafting Law on the Supreme Court is a first-rate examination of what happens in the crucial stages after the justices reach a decision on the merits. By putting hypotheses about strategic interdependence through the rigors of (appropriately) sophisticated econometric tests, we learn much that is new about bargaining and accommodation over the Court's opinion." Jeffrey Segal, State University of New York, Stony Brook

"In this pathbreaking study, Maltzman, Spriggs, and Wahlbeck unravel the mysteries of strategic behavior inside the Supreme Court--how Justices engage in instrumental behavior to achieve case outcomes consistent with their doctrinal and policy perspectives. Their efforts to extend the analysis beyond mere case studies and to reach significant general conclusions should set the agenda for further research and be of interest to all students of the Supreme Court." Philip P. Frickey, University of Minnesota

"Utilizing data drawn from the papers of several Supreme Court justices, Crafting Law on the Supreme Court is an outstanding addition to the rational choice and the courts literature and will surely be seen as a classic in the field. More traditional students of public law will also profit from the extensive reprinting and discussion of justices' memoranda and the fashioning of Supreme Court doctrine." Sheldon Goldman, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

"Forrest Maltzman, James Spriggs, and Paul Wahlbeck argue that court opinions do in fact matter: in the "collegial setting" of the Supreme Court, the opinion-writing process features its own unique set of political dynamics, as justices try to secure opinions that lie as close as possible to their own policy preferences. The authors advance this important argument by drawing on justices' papers and other evidence of internal deliberations on the Burger Court. The final product of their efforts is quite persuasive, more than justifying the authors' strategic departure from recent trends in judicial research." Choice

"Forrest Maltzman, James Spriggs, and Paul Wahlbeck argue that court opinions do in fact matter: in the "collegial setting" of the Supreme Court, the opinion-writing process features its own uniques set of political dynamics, as justices try to secure opinions that lie as close as possible to their own policy preferences. The authors advance this important argument by drawing on justices' papers and other evidence of internal deliberations on the Burger Court. The final product of their efforts is quite persuasive, more than justifying the authors' strategic departure from recent trends in judicial research." Choice

"The product of their efforts is quite persuasive" Choice April 2001

"Crafting Law on the Supreme Court has something to say to, and should be read by, all students of the Court whether one is grounded more in scientific and empirical research on the Court or whether one's interests are more doctrinally oriented. The book's presentation is both rich in detail, mostly provided through the anecdotes the authors share with the reader, but more important, their analysis is systematic, thorough, and ultimately convincing." Journal of Politics

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In Crafting Law on the Supreme Court, Maltzman, Spriggs, and Wahlbeck systematically account for the building of majority opinions on the U.S. Supreme Court. The authors argue that at the heart of this process are justices whose decisions are constrained by the choices made by the other justices. The portrait of the Supreme Court that emerges stands in sharp contrast to the conventional portrait where justices act solely on the basis of the law or their personal policy preferences. This book provides a fascinating glimpse of how the Court crafts the law.

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