Judicial Politics in the United States examines the role of courts as policymaking institutions and their interactions with the other branches of government and other political actors in the U.S. political system. Not only does this book cover the nuts and bolts of the functions, structures and processes of our courts and legal system, it goes beyond other judicial process books by exploring how the courts interact with executives, legislatures, and state and federal bureaucracies. It also includes a chapter devoted to the courts' interactions with interest groups, the media, and general public opinion and a chapter that looks at how American courts and judges interact with other judiciaries around the world.
Judicial Politics in the United States balances coverage of judicial processes with discussions of the courts' interactions with our larger political universe, making it an essential text for students of judicial politics.
Preface List of Figures Chapter 1: Functions of Courts, Basics of Legal Analysis, and Sources of Law Chapter 2: Structure of Courts in the U.S. Chapter 3: Judicial Selection Chapter 4: The Legal Profession: Lawyers and Judges Chapter 5: Trial Courts -- Criminal Cases Chapter 6: Trial Courts -- Civil Cases Chapter 7: The Appellate Court Process Chapter 8: Studying Decision Making on Appellate Courts Chapter 9: Public Opinion, Interest Groups, the Media and the Courts Chapter 10: Interactions between Courts and Legislatures Chapter 11: Interactions between Courts and Executives Chapter 12: Interactions between Courts and Governmental Bureaucracies Chapter 13: Courts Beyond the United States Glossary Index Table of Cases