Numbers, Motivated Reasoning, and Empirical Legal Scholarship

5 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2016  

Carolyn Shapiro

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Date Written: January 19, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Shapiro, Carolyn, Numbers, Motivated Reasoning, and Empirical Legal Scholarship (January 19, 2015). Buffalo Law Review Vol. 63, No. 385. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2824704

Carolyn Shapiro (Contact Author)

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law ( email )

565 West Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60661
United States

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