The Diffusion of Precedent across the American States
Posted: 23 Jun 2016
Date Written: June 14, 2016
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
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