Judicature, Vol. 97, No. 2, p. 109, September/October 2013
15 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2013
Date Written: December 9, 2013
In their book The Behavior of Federal Judges, Professors Lee Epstein and William Landes and Judge Richard Posner offer many insights into the workings of the federal judiciary. Two of their findings, however, strike me as curious: (1) A high rate of dissent in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and (2) a significant ideological influence upon decisions of the courts of appeals generally. In this brief essay, I examine these findings based upon limited quantitative evidence and some direct observations drawn from 27 years of service on the D.C. Circuit.
Keywords: administrative, agency, anecdotal, book review, collegiality, conference, cost-benefit analysis, court size, ideology, judicial decisionmaking, Professor William Jordan, rational choice, regulation
JEL Classification: K40
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Ginsburg, Douglas H., The Behavior of Federal Judges: A View from the D.C. Circuit (December 9, 2013). Judicature, Vol. 97, No. 2, p. 109, September/October 2013; George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 13-70. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2365586