Judicial Politics in Unstable Democracies: The Case of the Philippine Supreme Court, an Empirical Analysis 1986-2010

Asian Journal of Law and Economics, Volume 3, Issue 1, April 2012

Illinois Program in Law, Behavior and Social Science Paper No. LBSS12-18

Posted: 13 May 2012

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Laarni Escresa

University of the Philippines, Diliman - School of Economics

Nuno Garoupa

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

Date Written: April 25, 2012

Abstract

In this paper we investigate empirically the determinants of judicial behavior at the Philippine Supreme Court in the period 1986-2010. Our results show some alignment between individual Justices and the interests of the presidential appointers, although it varies across presidential terms. We discuss these empirical results in the context of the Philippine’s unstable democracy and the implications for the comparative literature on judicial behavior.

Keywords: Court, Judicial Behavior, Institutions, Law and Development

JEL Classification: K00, K4, O5, O53

Suggested Citation

Escresa, Laarni and Garoupa, Nuno, Judicial Politics in Unstable Democracies: The Case of the Philippine Supreme Court, an Empirical Analysis 1986-2010 (April 25, 2012). Asian Journal of Law and Economics, Volume 3, Issue 1, April 2012; Illinois Program in Law, Behavior and Social Science Paper No. LBSS12-18. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2056860

Laarni Escresa

University of the Philippines, Diliman - School of Economics ( email )

Encarnacion Hall
F. M. Guerrero corner S. Osmena Sts
U.P. Diliman, Quezon City
Philippines

Nuno Garoupa (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty ( email )

3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
United States

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