The Ideological Stakes of Eliminating Life Tenure

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Ward Farnsworth

University of Texas at Austin - School of Law

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

Of the various arguments made for the elimination of life tenure for Supreme Court Justices, some are non-ideological in character; others are "zero-sum" and depend on politics. This article discusses arguments of the the second type. It considers which arguments on the subject are rightly considered political, and whether they are well-founded on their terms. The article is a sequel to an earlier one, The Regulation of Turnover on the Supreme Court.

Keywords: Supreme Court, life tenure

JEL Classification: K19

Suggested Citation

Farnsworth, Ward, The Ideological Stakes of Eliminating Life Tenure (2006). Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 29, p. 880, 2006, Boston Univ. School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 06-50, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2048516

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