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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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Evaluating the Process

Evaluating the Process

(p.257) 11 Evaluating the Process
The Psychology of the Supreme Court

Lawrence S. Wrightsman

Oxford University Press

This final chapter addresses the question: Does the Supreme Court “work?” This term “work” covers a variety of aspects: the selection process by which justices are nominated and confirmed, the process by which judges leave the bench, the procedures for selecting the cases for review, the decision process in ruling on those appeals that are selected, and finally, the efficacy of the Supreme Court once a decision is announced. Answers to questions about the effectiveness of each of these are admittedly subjective, but no book that seeks to understand the Supreme Court is complete without considering each of these aspects. The chapter also suggests reforms for those procedures thought by some scholars to be in need of revision.

Keywords:   Supreme Court, judicial decision-making, judicial process, judicial reform

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