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Judicial Politics and Decisionmaking: A New Approach

dc.contributor.authorGuthrie, Chris
dc.contributor.authorRachlinski, Jeffrey J.
dc.contributor.authorWistrich, Andrew J.
dc.identifier.citation70 Vanderbilt Law Review 2051 (2017)en_US
dc.descriptionarticle published in law reviewen_US
dc.description.abstractIn twenty-five different experiments conducted on over 2,200 judges, we assessed whether judges' political ideology influences their resolution of hypothetical cases. Generally, we found that the political ideology of the judge matters, but only very little. Across a range of bankruptcy, criminal, and civil cases, we found that the aggregate effect of political ideology is either nonexistent or amounts to roughly onequarter of a standard deviation. Overall, the results of our experiments suggest that judges are not "politicians in robes."en_US
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dc.publisherVanderbilt Law Reviewen_US
dc.subjectpolitics and judicial decisionmakingen_US
dc.titleJudicial Politics and Decisionmaking: A New Approachen_US

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