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Supreme Ct. 11-13

Supreme Ct. 11-13 - Public opinion and the court Do...

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Public opinion and the court Do justices care about how they are perceived o Life tenure makes it unlikely No public constituency that must be satisfied o But, most people are concerned about what others think of them Public reputation is important to justices o Ex) Greenhouse effect Justices seeking media approval Evidence: Do republican appointees adjust and become more liberal to win media approval? Change from years 1-2 to years 5-10 on Court o Democrats - 0.9 (less liberal) o Republicans - 4.3 (less liberal) o Republicans new to DC + 10.7 (more liberal) Does public opinion influence the court? o Two kinds of audiences Elite audience Justices place a psychological value on the opinion of their peers Care about people who are in the same station of life--other elites Mass audience Why would justices respond to mass opinion? o The court has no way of enforcing its own policies, so they should be somewhat inclined to make policy that the public can tolerate
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o Representative democracy creates indirect effects o Separation of powers creates direct effects o Indirect effects The public selects those who in turn select the justices Public opinion determines who is elected Elected officials select the justices Justices act on their policy preferences
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