Class Assignment Political Science 202 Fall 2007

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Political Science 202 Analytical Assignment Fall 2007 Your assignment is determine the extent to which political ideology structures the votes of the justices, using data form the 2001-2004 time period. You will be emulating the example presented in class, which focused on the members of the current Court. To do the assignment, you will need to download the Excel spreadsheet that contains the votes and ideological direction of each decision for these four terms of the Court. It can be found on Blackboard under the Assignments section. Once you have that spreadsheet, do the following: Directions 1. Open the spreadsheet. You will see that the cases are sorted first by the ideological direction of the Court’s decision, liberal or conservative. Within each of these two categories, the cases are sorted by vote, 8-1, 7-2, 6-3, and 5-4. 2. For each vote division, you will need to determine which justices meet the condition of ideological voting. Start by finding the most liberal justice. In 8-1 cases decided in a conservative direction, the justice who dissents more frequently than any other should be the most liberal justice. Once you identify the most liberal justice --- let’s call that justice “Justice L1” ---- you will then have to examine the 7-2 cases decided in a conservative direction. For only those cases in which Justice L1 was one of the two dissenters, find the justice who voted with Justice L1 more often than other. That justice should be the next most liberal
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