The Role of Case Complexity in Judicial Decision Making

22 Pages Posted: 19 May 2012

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Date Written: July 2012


The literature on ideology and decision making offers conflicting expectations about how judges' ideology should affect their votes in cases that raise many legal issues. Using cases from the U.S. courts of appeals, I examine the strength of ideology as a predictor of sincere voting in single and multiÔÇÉissue cases, and test whether the same effect for ideology can be seen for liberal and conservative judges. For all judges, ideology yields a larger effect as the number of issues increases; however, conservative judges are much more likely than liberal judges to cast sincere votes at all levels of complexity.

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Moyer, Laura P., The Role of Case Complexity in Judicial Decision Making (July 2012). Law & Policy, Vol. 34, Issue 3, pp. 291-312, 2012. Available at SSRN: or

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