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Friends of the Supreme Court: Interest Groups and Judicial Decision Making

Paul M. Collins


The U.S. Supreme Court is a public policy battleground in which organized interests attempt to etch their economic, legal, and political preferences into law through the filing of amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs. In Friends of the Supreme Court: Interest Groups and Judicial Decision Making, Paul M. Collins, Jr. explores the influence of organized interests on the justices' decision making, including their votes in cases and their decisions to author concurrences and dissents. The author develops novel theories to explain how interest groups might shape judicial choice, building on ... More

Keywords: law, amicus curiae, interest groups, Supreme Court, judicial decision making, attitudinal model, legal model, justices, political science, empirical legal studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195372144
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372144.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul M. Collins, author
University of North Texas