Numbers, Motivated Reasoning, and Empirical Legal Scholarship
5 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2016
Date Written: January 19, 2015
This piece is a brief response to Todd E. Pettys, Free Expression, In-Group Bias, and the Court's Conservatives: A Critique of the Epstein-Parker-Segal Study, 62 Buffalo L. Rev. 1 (2015). The piece discusses the relationship between ideology and judging, particular judging on the Supreme Court, and argues that there is a legitimate role for ideology or subjectivity that is often not discussed or acknowledged.
Keywords: Supreme Court, Ideology, Coding, Jurisprudence, Empirical Legal Scholarship, Empirical Legal Studies, Attitudinal Model
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