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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 Chief Justice: More Influential Than Other Justices?

The Chief Justice: More Influential Than Other Justices?

(p.199) 9 The Chief Justice: More Influential Than Other Justices?
The Psychology of the Supreme Court

Lawrence S. Wrightsman

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the functions of the chief justice. It examines how the recent chief justices have varied in their response to the challenges of the position, and then considers a psychological analysis of the nature of the job. It should be apparent that not all chief justices brought the same skills to the job, and even taking into account the changing nature of the job's demands over the last 200 years, we can evaluate just how well each incumbent fulfilled the leadership functions of the job.

Keywords:   Supreme Court, chief justice, influence, leadership, William Rehnquist

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