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A Positive Political Model of Supreme Court Economic Decisions
Southern Economic Journal
  • Tony Caporale, University of Dayton
  • Harold Winter, Ohio University - Main Campus
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2002
Abstract
We develop a positive political model of the U.S. Supreme Court. Looking at the Court's economic cases for the period 1953-1993, we find a significant larger fraction of conservative decisions under Republican presidents and more conservative leadership of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. Conservative decisions are also found to be positively correlated with the fraction of the Court appointed by Republican presidents and the rate of price inflation. We argue that our findings cast serious doubt on the common view of the Supreme Court as a completely independent, apolitical institution.
Inclusive pages
693-702
ISBN/ISSN
0038-4038
Document Version
Published Version
Comments

Document is available for download in compliance with publisher policies on self-archiving. Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher
Southern Economic Association
Place of Publication
Chattanooga, TN
Peer Reviewed
Yes
Citation Information
Tony Caporale and Harold Winter. "A Positive Political Model of Supreme Court Economic Decisions" Southern Economic Journal Vol. 68 Iss. 3 (2002)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/tony_caporale/1/