The Drifters: Why the Supreme Court Makes Justices More Liberal

Boston Review, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2006

Posted: 17 Nov 2020

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Adam Benforado

Drexel University Kline School of Law

Jon D. Hanson

Harvard Law School

Date Written: January 1, 2006

Abstract

There is no doubt that the presidential nomination process greatly influences the large-scale jurisprudential trends in expected directions. Still, that a Supreme Court appointment is both so important — in President Bush's words, "one of the most consequential decisions a president makes" — and so scrutinized, casts the many examples of unpredicted drift as a real mystery. Why are presidents, and other backers, so often disappointed by the eventual performance of their nominees? And why do so many Supreme Court justices drift to the left, especially on matters of individual rights?

Suggested Citation

Benforado, Adam and Hanson, Jon D., The Drifters: Why the Supreme Court Makes Justices More Liberal (January 1, 2006). Boston Review, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3569764

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