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Unformatted text preview: Lindsey Schneider (sec) Thomas Crone Richard Aufderheide Mike Zumberg Within his book The Hollow Hope , Gerald Rosenberg explores the meaning of the term judicial impact. Judicial impact, according to Rosenberg, is the ability of the court to produce significant social and/ or political reform that produces a nation- wide impact. Within his book, Rosenberg paints the picture of an American judicial system in which the Supreme Court is neither autonomous nor independent and thus incapable of producing this significant social and/ or political change needed to produce judicial impact on its own. Rosenberg refers to this type of court as constrained. Within Rosenberg’s constrained court model, the Supreme Court is limited in the amount of reform it can produce because it relies on the other two branches of the government to produce change. Rosenberg’s constrained theory seems to accurately account for the interdependent relationship that exists between the various branches of the government, but its standard of ‘significant social change’ implies that the...
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course PLS 320 taught by Professor Snook during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.
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