9/14 Notes

9/14 Notes - Context. Political Institutions Courts...

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Context… Political Institutions Political Culture Courts Geography/Demographics Placing Courts in Political Context: Initial Look Fragmented Individualist Unified Communitaria Political American Political Political Values Institutions Creed Institutions “Political “Rights Talk” Vacuum” American Courts Hypothesis Other Industrialized Nation Large, Diverse, Rich Smaller, More Homogenous (although resources unevenly Less Wealthy distributed) “Greater Social Distance” Don’t know neighbors, causes Conflicts. Spatial Model of the Supreme Court’s “Zones of Discretion” under Separation of Powers
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Left Right SQ= Status Quo SC= Supreme Court P= President S= Senate H= House of Representatives Everyone has the power to kill a bill. Assume (1) P,S,H each have an ideal point; (2) P,S,H each can initiate an override bill; (3) P,S,H each can kill a bill; (4) game begins with a SQ in place that is “sticky”; and (5) SC is not constrained by the law. Spacial Model Continued
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