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Published: 14 September 2017

352 Pages


ISBN: 9780199397594

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Commitment and Cooperation on High Courts

A Cross-Country Examination of Institutional Constraints on Judges

Benjamin Alarie and Andrew J. Green

  • Poses several important institutional questions from a comparative perspective
  • Explains how the answers to these questions determine the influence of political preferences of individual judges and the degree of cooperation among them
  • Applies the institutional questions to empirical work on the Supreme Courts of the US, UK, Canada, India, and the High Court of Australia
  • Promotes a deeper understanding of how institutional differences affect judicial decision-making
  • Provides institutional detail in each chapter to describe how high courts in each of the selected countries are designed
  • Builds a framework for discussing the influence of high court design choices known as the Commitment-Cooperation framework
  • Figures and diagrams assist in understanding the empirical findings and trends
  • Detailed empirical discussions are left to appendices that provide material for those who want more technical detail

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