-Paul Brace, Rice University
"This is the best treatment of the nature of Supreme Court power since Gerald Rosenberg's The Hollow Hope, and it paints a very different picture. Hall's elegant argument is likely to unsettle a number of widespread scholarly assumptions about the Court."
-Thomas M. Keck, Syracuse University
"The Nature of Supreme Court Power is one of the most important contributions to our understanding of the power of courts in the last three decades. Hall convincingly argues that judicial power to affect the behavior of state and private actors depends on more than the law itself. His careful analysis demonstrates the importance of institutional context and popular sentiment as well as lower court's capacity to implement decisions. This terrific book will be of interest to seasoned scholars and court watchers interested in the interplay of law and politics."
-Laura Beth Nielsen, American Bar Foundation and Northwestern University
"In this engaging book, Hall challenges much conventional wisdom about the limits of judicial power. Ranging widely over controversial Supreme Court decisions of the last 50 years, Hall's argument may give pause to judicial power skeptics. Well-researched and clearly argued, The Nature of Supreme Court Power deserves to be widely read and taught."
-Gerald N. Rosenberg, University of Chicago
"Matthew Hall's The Nature of the Supreme Court Power is a significant contribution...Hall writes in a craftsman-like fashion producing a highly readable volume...The book stimulates a wide variety of unanswered substantive and theoretical questions and will undoubtedly encourage additional research efforts"- Thomas G. Walker, Emory University, American Review of Politics