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Perceptions of the Rule of Law: Evidence on the Impact of Judicial Insulation

38 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2010 Last revised: 2 Sep 2014

Jeff Yates

Binghamton University - Department of Political Science

Andrew B. Whitford

University of Georgia - Department of Public Administration and Policy

David S. Brown

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Political Science

Date Written: November 1, 2010

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to determine whether judicial insulation influences how individuals assess the rule of law. We employ panel data models using data collected by the World Bank to differentiate between two kinds of judicial insulation – designed and implemented. We find that while insulation (as designed) has no bearing on how individuals score rule of law strength, insulation (as implemented) increases individual assessments. Notably, we find that disappointment from unmet expectations – where institutional implementation falls short of design – negatively influences rule of law strength scores.

Keywords: rule of law, disappointment, comparative, state, country, world bank, insulation, judicial, de jure, de facto, perceptions, investment

Suggested Citation

Yates, Jeff and Whitford, Andrew B. and Brown, David S., Perceptions of the Rule of Law: Evidence on the Impact of Judicial Insulation (November 1, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1701379 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1701379

Jeff L. Yates (Contact Author)

Binghamton University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Binghamton, NY 13902
United States

Andrew B. Whitford

University of Georgia - Department of Public Administration and Policy ( email )

Athens, GA 30602
United States
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706-583-0610 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://andrewwhitford.com

David S. Brown

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Political Science ( email )

333 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0333
United States

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