Majority Rule or Minority Will
Adherence to Precedent on the U.S. Supreme Court
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Majority Rule or Minority Will by Harold J. Spaeth
Book DescriptionThis book, first published in 1999, examines the influence of precedent on the behavior of US Supreme Court justices throughout the Court's history. Under the assumption that for precedent to be an influence on the behavior of justices it must lead to a result they would not otherwise have reached, the results show that when justices disagree with the establishment of a precedent, they rarely shift from their previously stated views in subsequent cases. In other words, they are hardly ever influenced by precedent. Nevertheless, the doctrine of stare decisis does exhibit some low level influence on the justices in the least salient of the Court's decisions. The book examines these findings in light of several leading theories of judicial decision making.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521805711
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Harold J. Spaeth
Supreme Court Compendium, Hardback (September 2015)
The Supreme Court Compendium provides historical and statistical information on the Supreme Court, including its institutional development, decision trends and its impact.
Stare Indecisis, Paperback (November 2006)
This book analyses those decisions that formally altered precedent.
Supreme Court in the American Legal System, Hardback (August 2005)
This book comprehensively examines the United States legal system.
Supreme Court and the Attitudinal Model Revisited, Hardback (September 2002)» View all books by Harold J. Spaeth
Two leading scholars of the Supreme Court explain and predict its decision making.
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