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978-1-4422-7603-1 • Hardback • January 2018 • $96.00 • (£74.00)
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Robert J. Hume is Professor of Political Science at Fordham University.
Chapter 1: Judges as Policymakers
Part One: Theories of Judicial Behavior
Chapter 2: The Attitudinal Model
Chapter 3: The Legal Model
Chapter 4: The Strategic Model
Part Two: Judges in American Politics
Chapter 5: Judicial Selection and Retention
Chapter 6: Courts and the Public
Chapter 7: The Impact of Courts
Hume presents a social-scientific take on the politics of judging. This brief volume focuses on empirical versus normative questions that are key to fostering an analytical approach to what we know about courts and judging. . . The supplementary primary source excerpts are the standard fare for judicial process textbooks. . . they provide solid applications of the concepts introduced in the text. The structure of the book is organized by social science theories, which provides an interesting frame for presenting concepts organically, on an as-needed basis. This makes the flow of the book superior to that of many similar texts. Although the book covers many of the basics, it occasionally assumes some prior knowledge. It draws more heavily from the perspective of political science than many similar texts, which makes it an important supplement to a more traditional text in courses on judging, judicial process, or law and society.
Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals.
— Choice Reviews
Judicial Behavior and Policymaking is a concise introduction to the politics of judging. With a unique focus on judicial behavior as research, the text clearly presents the arguments and theories concerning judicial decision-making, selection methods, and the place of judges in American society. With emphasis given to both federal and state courts and the clarity of it presentation, Judicial Behavior is an appropriate supplementary text for any undergraduate course on judicial behavior, law and society, or constitutional law.
— Andrew H. Sidman, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
This text provides a nice overview of theories and findings in the judicial politics literature yet remains accessible to undergraduate students--a great option for courses focused on judicial politics.
— Richard Vining, University of Georgia
- a concise review of the latest political science research on judging
- coverage of a broad range of courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, state supreme courts, and trial courts
- numerous tables and figures featuring actual data that political scientists use to study judging
- excerpts from cases, as well as speeches describing judicial behavior in the judges’ own words
- text boxes highlighting various methodologies and judicial processes
- discussion questions for each chapter
- a comprehensive glossary