Notes September 15 - Today's Agenda Recap placing the...

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September 15, 2005 Today’s Agenda Recap: placing the courts in political context A spatial model of separation of powers A Spatial Model of the Supreme Court’s “Zones of Discretion” Under Separation of Powers Left Right SQ = Status Quo P = President SC = Supreme Court S = Senate H = House of Representatives Assume (1) P, s, H each have an ideal point (a point that they prefer over all) (2) P, S, H each can initiate an override bill (if they don’t like what the SC does), (3) P, S, H each can kill a bill (P by veto, H by stalling, etc.) (4) SQ is “sticky” and (5) SC is not constrained by the law. **Models only go as far as their assumptions** Ex. The more you move from left to right, the more conservative you get. Ex. “Endangered Species Act” protect habitat and endangered species over individual property rights. 1 2 3 4 5 Left SQ S Si H P SC Hi Pi Right SQ is liberal. S is centrist. SC is conservative. Senate has lost a lot of ground. What is the Senate’s indifference point?
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