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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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Elected Branch Preferences, Public Opinion, or Socioeconomic Trends?

Elected Branch Preferences, Public Opinion, or Socioeconomic Trends?

(p.191) 6 Elected Branch Preferences, Public Opinion, or Socioeconomic Trends?
A Mere Machine

Anna Harvey

Yale University Press

This chapter asks whether there is some factor not so far considered that is driving the apparent responsiveness of justices's decisions to the preferences of House majorities. Neither the justices nor the members of the House of Representatives are isolated from broader political currents. Some of these currents must drive the results of elections for the House of Representatives, elections that produce the majorities to which the justices seem so responsive. This chapter asks: are the results of the previous chapter perhaps misleading? Perhaps the justices are not in fact responding to the incentives posed by the impeachment and appropriations processes. Perhaps they are responding to other forces that simply happen to be correlated with the shifting preferences of House majorities.

Keywords:   responsiveness, justices, House of Representatives, impeachment, majorities

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