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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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How Individual Justices Affect Decisions

How Individual Justices Affect Decisions

(p.177) 8 How Individual Justices Affect Decisions
The Psychology of the Supreme Court

Lawrence S. Wrightsman

Oxford University Press

Each justice has a unique personality, and it is a theme of this book that the justice's idiosyncratic background and temperament contributes to his or her effectiveness on the Court. “Effectiveness” can refer to many things: the quality of his or her votes, the lasting importance of the justice's written opinions, the ability of the justice to be a collegial member of the Court, or simply how the person adjusts to the challenges of a high-pressure job. This chapter presents an analysis of six justices who served during the last half of the 20th century; these six have been chosen because they reflect different personalities and styles brought to judicial decision-making.

Keywords:   Supreme Court, judicial decision-making, justices, judicial effectiveness

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