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David Porter            Group  12 Bryan Miller Adam Rohde Felicia Anderson Bashar Fadil Brown’s Effect on Social Reform To begin, I believe it’s important to flesh out the central issue; this starts with the idea of  social reform.  What is the relevant definition of social reform?  For Rosenberg, this class, and  this paper, social reform is not simply change for a few individuals and institutions closely  related to the case in question.  Instead, social reform is altering an entire set of bureaucratic  policies to achieve reform for a large demographic of under-represented people.  So the question  that follows is, did the case in question,  Brown,  lead to any significant social reform?  Like Rosenberg, I will use  Brown   to discuss the effect the Supreme Court had on civil  rights in society; in doing so, I will refute his claim that a “semi-constrained” court can overcome  perceived   constraints   to   achieve   social   reform.     From   this   I   will   show   that   the   Cognitive  Dissonance model better illustrates the effect  Brown  had on society.   A judicial decision can have an effect on society in two ways, called the judicial and  extra-judicial paths.  Rosenberg himself uses these terms in order to explain how the Supreme  Court had an effect on segregation.  Following the judicial path,  Brown  did not achieve social  change.  Immediately following the decision, compliance was not achieved.  In fact, it took the  court over a year after the initial ruling to order compliance methods.  Furthermore, beyond the 
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