Journals Higher Education



Published: 22 September 2020

272 Pages | 4 black and white line drawings


ISBN: 9780197539156

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The Company They Keep

How Partisan Divisions Came to the Supreme Court

Lawrence Baum and Neal Devins

  • Explains, using social psychology, why Supreme Court Justices respond more to elite social networks with which they identify than to majority views in the general public
  • Explores why many Republican Justices in the late 20th century drifted to the left and why today's Republican Justices are firmly committed to the legal conservative agenda
  • Demonstrates how partisanship results in part from changes in the process of vetting Supreme Court nominees

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