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Measuring Judicial Activism

Stefanie A. Lindquist and Frank B. Cross


This book explores the theoretical and empirical dimensions to this controversial subject. The main aim of the book is to shift the focus of the academic and political debate over judicial activism to a more objective, empirically-based approach to analyzing activism in appellate courts. Focusing on the justices' voting behavior on the United States Supreme Court from 1954 to 2004, the book first identifies theoretical dimensions to judicial activism based on scholars' attention to the Court's potential for countermajoritarian action. In particular, the book considers the propensity of the jus ... More

Keywords: judicial decision making, judicial activism, countermajoritarianism, supreme court, judicial restraint

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195370850
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370850.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefanie A. Lindquist, author

Frank B. Cross, author
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