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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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Misreading the Roberts Court

Misreading the Roberts Court

(p.249) 8 Misreading the Roberts Court
A Mere Machine

Anna Harvey

Yale University Press

So far this book has shown that the widespread belief in the Supreme Court's independence can give rise to misleading expectations about its jurisprudence, especially when the justices's preferences diverge from those of majorities in the House of Representatives. Post 2004, professional commentators expected the Rehnquist Court's successor, the Court led by Chief Justice John Roberts, to move even further to the right than it had moved before. But close observers of the Roberts Court were repeatedly struck by its apparent moderation in many important cases in its first four full terms, those occurring between 2006 and 2010. This chapter looks at the Roberts Court and analyses what has happened so far. It remains to be seen whether, under the condition of continued Republican domination of the House of Representatives, the Roberts Court will continue its more aggressively conservative jurisprudence.

Keywords:   Supreme Court, House of Representatives, Chief Justice John Roberts, Roberts Court, conservative jurisprudence

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