The Independent Judiciary in an Interest-Group Perspective

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William M. Landes

University of Chicago Law School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Richard A. Posner

University of Chicago Law School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: October 1975

Abstract

We believe that at a deeper level the independent judiciary is not only consistent with, but essential to, the interest-group theory of government. Part I of this paper explains our theory of the independent judiciary. Part II discusses several implications of the theory, relating to administrative regulation, the form of interest-group legislation, the tenure of judges, and constitutional adjudication. The appendix to this paper presents an empirical analysis of judicial independence using data on Acts of Congress that have been held unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

Suggested Citation

Landes, William M. and Posner, Richard A., The Independent Judiciary in an Interest-Group Perspective (October 1975). NBER Working Paper No. w0110, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=260301

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