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The Psychology of the Supreme Court$
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Lawrence S. Wrightsman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306040

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306040.001.0001

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The Supreme Court: The Least Understood Branch

The Supreme Court: The Least Understood Branch

(p.3) 1 The Supreme Court: The Least Understood Branch
The Psychology of the Supreme Court

Lawrence S. Wrightsman

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by laying out the purpose of the book, which is to apply the methods and findings of psychology and the other social sciences to further a knowledge and appreciation of the Supreme Court's processes and decisions. The fundamental thesis of this book is that the Supreme Court is a political institution in the broadest sense, in that its members often possess long-term aspirations for what is best for the country, and their judicial opinions reflect these aspirations. Dramatic decisions by the Supreme Court, common wisdom about the composition of the Court, difficulties in understanding Supreme Court decision-making, the image of the Court, and the importance of decisions are discussed.

Keywords:   Supreme Court, media, judicial decision-making, judges

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