Estimating Judicial Ideal Points in Latin America: The Case of Argentina
32 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2013 Last revised: 27 Sep 2014
Date Written: September 19, 2013
This paper presents an estimation of ideal points for the Justices of the Supreme Court of Argentina for 1984-2007. The estimated ideal points allow us to focus on political cycles in the Court as well as possible coalitions based on presidential appointments. We find strong evidence to support the existence of such coalitions in some periods (such as Menem term) but less so in others. Implications for comparative judicial politics are discussed.
Keywords: constitutional court, constitutional review, empirical analysis, ideal point, Argentina
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