Law, Courts and Politics

Series Editor: Robert M. Howard

In Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville famously noted that "scarcely any political question arises in the United States that is not resolved, sooner or later, into a judicial question." The importance of courts in settling political questions in areas ranging from health care to immigration shows the continuing astuteness of de Tocqueville’s observation. To understand how courts resolve these important questions, empirical analyses of law, courts and judges, and the politics and policy influence of law and courts have never been more salient or more essential.

Law, Courts and Politics was developed to analyze these critically important questions. This series presents empirically driven manuscripts in the broad field of judicial politics and public law by scholars in law and social science. It uses the most up to date scholarship and seeks an audience of students, academics, upper division undergraduate and graduate courses in law, political science and sociology as well as anyone interested in learning more about law, courts and politics.

  • The Politics of Legalism

    Edited by John Barnes, Thomas Burke, Malcolm Feeley

    Using the work of Robert A. Kagan’s intellectual contribution on the intensification of law, leading authorities in the study of the politics of regulation and litigation examine the consequences of the expansion and intensification of law, both in the United States and the rest of the world.…

    Hardback – 2016-06-14 
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  • Federal Constitutionalism

    State Legislatures in Constitutional Politics

    By Bradley D. Hays

    State legislatures regularly and recurrently affect constitutional meaning. However, they do so not through legal pathways like constitutional amendment or judicial challenges but by passing resolutions that assert an interpretation different than the one prevailing nationally. These resolutions…

    Hardback – 2016-06-14 
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  • EU Treaties and the Judicial Politics of National Courts

    A Law and Politics Approach

    By Pablo José Castillo Ortiz

    Cases such as the Maastricht ruling by the German Federal Constitutional Court or the 'Crotty; decision by the Irish Supreme Court have gone down in the history of European integration as outstanding examples of intervention by judicial actors in important political processes. In this book, Dr.…

    Hardback – 2015-08-30 
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  • The Dual System of Privacy Rights in the United States

    By Mary McThomas

    Theoretically, the right to privacy is an individual’s right to space away from the public gaze to make life choices that are best for her or him, regardless of the beliefs of the majority. Yet the right to privacy in the United States has proven problematic for both political theorists and…

    Paperback – 2015-08-16 
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  • Europeanization of Judicial Review

    By Nicola Ch. Corkin

    Europeanization of Judicial Review argues that the higher complexity of the political framework in which laws are made today leads to less well-designed laws and loop-holes, allowing politicians to leave decisions to the courts. The higher complexity of the political framework is a result of the…

    Hardback – 2014-12-22
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  • The Media, the Court, and the Misrepresentation

    The New Myth of the Court

    By Rorie Spill Solberg, Eric N. Waltenburg

    The Court’s decisions are interpreted and disseminated via the media. During this process, the media paints an image of the Court and its business. Like any artist, the media has license regarding what to cover and the amount of attention devoted to any aspect of the Court and its business. Some…

    Paperback – 2014-12-01
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  • Making Law and Courts Research Relevant

    The Normative Implications of Empirical Research

    Edited by Brandon L. Bartels, Chris W. Bonneau

    One of the more enduring topics of concern for empirically-oriented scholars of law and courts—and political scientists more generally—is how research can be more directly relevant to broader audiences outside of academia. A significant part of this issue goes back to a seeming disconnect between…

    Paperback – 2014-10-01
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    Law, Courts and Politics