Chapter 2: What Courts Do . . . And How to Model It

27 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2017

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Charles M. Cameron

Princeton University - Department of Political Science; Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Lewis A. Kornhauser

New York University School of Law

Date Written: June 2, 2017

Abstract

We review the basic building blocks of the case-space approach to modeling courts, particularly cases, dispositions, and rules. We provide numerous examples of case spaces. We clarify the policy-making actions of courts, distinguishing statutory interpretation, review of agency rule-making on procedural grounds, review of agency rule-making on substantive grounds, and constitutional review. We demonstrate that simple versions of the case-space approach are extensible to more complex legal concepts such as evidence, doctrine, and causes of action. We note some of the feed back effects of judicial actions, particularly on the distribution of presented cases, the behavior in society at large, and on social welfare.

This essay is a draft chapter of a book-in-progress on the positive political theory of courts.

Keywords: adjudication, courts, CSE space

JEL Classification: D02, H10, K40

Suggested Citation

Cameron, Charles M. and Kornhauser, Lewis A., Chapter 2: What Courts Do . . . And How to Model It (June 2, 2017). NYU Law and Economics Research Paper . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2979391 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2979391

Charles M. Cameron

Princeton University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Corwin Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544-1013
United States

Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544-1021
United States

Lewis A. Kornhauser (Contact Author)

New York University School of Law ( email )

40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1099
United States
(212) 998-6175 (Phone)
(212) 995-4341 (Fax)

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