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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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Explaining The Puzzle of the Two Rehnquist Courts

Explaining The Puzzle of the Two Rehnquist Courts

(p.141) 5 Explaining The Puzzle of the Two Rehnquist Courts
A Mere Machine

Anna Harvey

Yale University Press

Chapter 3 looked at econometric analysis, Chapter 4 provided narrative accounts, and together they presented different pictures of the Rehnquist Court. This chapter looks at the picture from a wider perspective and examines the data that has been used to study the question of judicial independence. The estimates reported in this chapter suggest that, at least in cases involving constitutional challenges to federal statutes, the justices of the Supreme Court are surprisingly responsive to the preferences of majorities in the House of Representatives.

Keywords:   econometric analysis, narrative accounts, judicial independence, Rehnquist Courts, Supreme Court

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