A Study on Judicial Ideal Points in a Bidimensional Court
57 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2018 Last revised: 28 Apr 2018
Date Written: April 19, 2018
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
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