The Diffusion of Precedent across the American States

Posted: 23 Jun 2016

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Abigail Matthews

Miami University of Ohio - Department of Political Science

Date Written: June 14, 2016

Abstract

I propose a network theory of precedent that emphasizes the social interaction — the citations — as a key influence on the development of the law. I address the question of why state high courts look outside their jurisdictional borders by applying a statistical model of network connections (an ERGM).

Keywords: Citation, Policy Diffusion, Network Analysis, Judicial Politics, State Supreme Courts

Suggested Citation

Matthews, Abigail, The Diffusion of Precedent across the American States (June 14, 2016). Political Networks Workshops & Conference 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2795641 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2795641

Abigail Matthews (Contact Author)

Miami University of Ohio - Department of Political Science ( email )

Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056
United States

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