Journals Higher Education



Published: 13 April 2009

192 Pages

6 1/8 X 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195370850

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Measuring Judicial Activism

Stefanie Lindquist and Frank Cross

  • Focuses on two aspects of judicial behavior: the use of judicial power to increase the power of the judicial branch in relation to other political actors; and the use of judicial power to further the presumed personal policy preferences of Supreme Court justices
  • Analyzes the use of judicial power in relation to executive actions. Much of the work in this area looks exclusively at the use of judicial review to invalidate statutes, and thus excludes from consideration many of the Supreme Court's best known and most controversial assertions of judicial power, including most of the Warren Court's criminal procedure cases (such as Miranda)
  • Stefanie Lindquist and Frank B. Cross use social science methods to quantify the meaning of the term "judicial activism"

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