The Reagan Revolution in the Network of Law

29 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2006

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Frank B. Cross

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Thomas A. Smith

University of San Diego School of Law

Date Written: June 2006

Abstract

This paper analyzes the effect of the Rehnquist Court on Supreme Court precedent, using a network of all Court citations to other Supreme Court cases. Network analysis enables a study of the Court's use of precedent that may not be readily visible. We find that the Rehnquist Court has made a dramatic alteration in the network of precedent and, in the process, set the stage for a potentially revolutionary change in the makeup of the law.

Suggested Citation

Cross, Frank B. and Smith, Thomas A., The Reagan Revolution in the Network of Law (June 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=909217 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.909217

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Thomas A. Smith

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