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Courting Peril: The Political Transformation of the American Judiciary

Charles Gardner Geyh


The rule of law paradigm has long operated on the premise that independent judges disregard extralegal influences and impartially uphold the law. A political transformation several generations in the making, however, has imperiled this premise. Social science learning, the lessons of which have been widely internalized by court critics and the general public, has shown that judicial decision-making is subject to ideological and other extralegal influences. In recent decades, challenges to the assumptions underlying the rule of law paradigm have proliferated across a growing array of venues, as ... More

Keywords: judicial independence, judicial accountability, judicial decision-making, judges, judiciary, rule of law, legal culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190233495
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190233495.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Gardner Geyh, author
Professor of Law, Indiana University