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A Mere MachineThe Supreme Court, Congress, and American Democracy$
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Anna Harvey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300171112

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300171112.001.0001

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The Puzzle of the Two Rehnquist Courts

The Puzzle of the Two Rehnquist Courts

(p.107) 4 The Puzzle of the Two Rehnquist Courts
A Mere Machine

Anna Harvey

Yale University Press

According to econometric studies of the Supreme Court, the justices do not alter their decisions in response to changes in elected branch preferences, including changes in the preferences of House majorities. A good example of this is provided by the Rehnquist Court, which faced both liberal and conservative House majorities, while remaining consistently conservative itself. This chapter looks at the econometric studies and analysis, and relates them to the cases of the so-called “first” and “second” Rehnquist Courts.

Keywords:   econometric studies, Supreme Court, elected branch preferences, Rehnquist Court, legal scholarship

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