Supreme Ct. 11-27

Supreme Ct. 11-27 - What impact do the Courts policies...

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What impact do the Court’s policies have? o What happens as a function of the court making a decision—does it make a difference? o Textbook view is that the Court matters The court is seen as a branch that is willing to take charge Seen as an important policy maker that can do things that other branches are unable/unwilling to do Focus on highly visible issues Not clear that these issues are representative Often no firm evidence Need data for support People will talk about the courts decision in a specific policy area and speak as if the decision itself is representative of the consequence Thus, we need to look with greater care Evidence is that the Court works as Hamilton suggests, having neither force nor will, but merely judgment” o By itself it is a weak institution o Theoretically, it is built, NOT to be an efficient policy make, but a weak institution o Power requires the endorsement of other levels of government o Strongest test: Look for effects where impact is thought of to be greatest
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This note was uploaded on 09/22/2008 for the course POLO 202 taught by Professor Mcguire during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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