TV Judges and the Civil Law Narrative

Posted: 29 Mar 2010  

Joshua Wilson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Erin Ackerman

City College of New York

Abstract

This is a collaborative study examining the relationship between popular reality-based judge television shows, 'tort tales,' and the politics of tort reform. TV judge shows share or approximate many features of the tort tale described by Haltom and McCann in Distorting the Law: Politics, Media, and the Litigation Crisis. The question driving our research is whether these TV Judge shows contribute to tort tales' conservative anti-litigation message or, instead, generate counter-narratives about the civil law system. Since tort reform is constantly a political issue, this study addresses one way in which popular support for tort reform might be mobilized.

Suggested Citation

Wilson, Joshua and Ackerman, Erin, TV Judges and the Civil Law Narrative. Western Political Science Association 2010 Annual Meeting Paper . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1580532

Joshua Wilson (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Erin Ackerman

City College of New York ( email )

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