A Study on Judicial Ideal Points in a Bidimensional Court

57 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2018 Last revised: 28 Apr 2018

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Lucia Dalla Pellegrina

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS)

Nuno Garoupa

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

Marian Gili Saldaña

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Date Written: April 19, 2018

Abstract

The empirical literature has consistently shown that judicial ideal points can be estimated in a one-dimensional space that reflects the traditional conservative-progressive dichotomy. In this paper, we develop an empirical methodology to analyze some features that may characterize bidimensional courts. We apply the analysis to the particular case of the Consell de Garanties Estatutàries de Catalunya (Catalan Constitutional Court). The results illustrate that one dimension (Spanish-Catalan sovereignty) tends to explain polarization while issues that can be classified as pertaining to the second dimension (cases on the conservative-progressive grounds) seem more likely to reflect dissent suppression. Policy conclusions are derived.

Keywords: judicial behavior, empirical legal studies, ideal point, ideology, dissent suppression

JEL Classification: K10, K40, K49

Suggested Citation

Dalla Pellegrina, Lucia and Garoupa, Nuno and Gili Saldaña, Marian, A Study on Judicial Ideal Points in a Bidimensional Court (April 19, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3100214 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3100214

Lucia Dalla Pellegrina (Contact Author)

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS) ( email )

Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo, 1
Milan, 20126
Italy

Nuno Garoupa

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty ( email )

3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
United States

Marian Gili Saldaña

Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( email )

Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
Barcelona, E-08005
Spain

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