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Judicial Politics in Unstable Democracies: The Case of the Philippine Supreme Court, An Empirical Analysis 1986-2010

Nuno Garoupa, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Laarni Escresa, Universitat Hamburg

Abstract

In this paper we investigate empirically the determinants of judicial behavior at the Philippine Supreme Court in the period 1986-2010. Our results show an important alignment between individual Justices and the interests of the presidential appointers, although it varies across presidential terms. We discuss these empirical results in the context of the Philippine unstable democracy and the implications for the comparative literature on judicial behavior.

Suggested Citation

Nuno Garoupa and Laarni Escresa. "Judicial Politics in Unstable Democracies: The Case of the Philippine Supreme Court, An Empirical Analysis 1986-2010" Asian Journal of Law and Economics 3 (2012).