The Policy Consequences of Term Limits on the U.S. Supreme Court

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Ryan C. Black

Michigan State University - Department of Political Science

Amanda Clare Bryan

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Political Science

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

For decades, the question of whether United States Supreme Court justices should be subject to term limits has been persistently raised by legal scholars, commentators, and politicians alike. For the most part, these debates have been normative, centering around whether term limits are an appropriate way to reform the country’s most powerful and unelected institution. This project seeks to provide an empirical perspective to this debate. Using what political scientists know about the patterns in the nomination and confirmation process, we present data on how term limits might have altered the composition of the Court during the last half-century. We then consider how a policy of term limits would have impacted the nature of legal policy established by the Court during the same time period.

Keywords: Supreme Court, Judicial Politics

Suggested Citation

Black, Ryan C. and Bryan, Amanda Clare, The Policy Consequences of Term Limits on the U.S. Supreme Court (2016). Ohio North University Law Review, Vol. 42, No. 3, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2915011

Ryan C. Black (Contact Author)

Michigan State University - Department of Political Science ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824
United States

HOME PAGE: http://ryancblack.org

Amanda Clare Bryan

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Political Science ( email )

Minneapolis, MN 55455-0410
United States

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