Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2002

Publication Source

Southern Economic Journal

Abstract

We develop a positive political model of the U.S. Supreme Court. Looking at the Court's economic cases for the period 1953-1993, we find a significant larger fraction of conservative decisions under Republican presidents and more conservative leadership of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. Conservative decisions are also found to be positively correlated with the fraction of the Court appointed by Republican presidents and the rate of price inflation. We argue that our findings cast serious doubt on the common view of the Supreme Court as a completely independent, apolitical institution.

Inclusive pages

693-702

ISBN/ISSN

0038-4038

Document Version

Published Version

Comments

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Publisher

Southern Economic Association

Volume

68

Issue

3

Place of Publication

Chattanooga, TN

Peer Reviewed

yes