Half a Century of Supreme Court Clean Air Act Interpretation: Purposivism, Textualism, Dynamism, and Activism

44 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2018

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David M. Driesen

Syracuse University College of Law

Thomas M. Keck

Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Brandon Metroka

University of the Incarnate Word

Date Written: May 29, 2018

Abstract

While public and scholarly concern about ideological decision making in Supreme Court cases has traditionally focused on abortion rights and other constitutional issues, the Gorsuch nomination brought forth some concern that ideology might influence statutory construction as well. This paper offers a case study in the evolution of statutory interpretation over time in the Supreme Court by examining the Court’s Clean Air Act jurisprudence, which now reaches back almost half a century. It examines the influence of both politics and evolving norms of statutory interpretation on the Supreme Court’s Clean Air Act case law.

Keywords: statutory interpretation, clean air act, dynamic statutory interpretation, textualism, purosivism, judicial ideology, attitudinal model, ideological decisionmaking, law and economics

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

Driesen, David M. and Keck, Thomas M. and Metroka, Brandon, Half a Century of Supreme Court Clean Air Act Interpretation: Purposivism, Textualism, Dynamism, and Activism (May 29, 2018). Washington and Lee Law Review, Vol. 75, No. 4, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3186871

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Thomas M. Keck

Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs ( email )

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Brandon Metroka

University of the Incarnate Word ( email )

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San Antonio, TX 78209
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