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Judicial Self-Interest

Judicial Self-Interest

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About the Book

This book examines the federal judiciary in light of political science research on the role of interests and interest groups in the making of public policy. The author finds that efforts of federal judges to shape court administration are guided, in part, by self-interest which consequently affects the development and results of judicial policies. He argues that we must recognize judges as self-interested political actors whose motivation and behavior patterns are comparable to other political and administrative actors. By examining the actions of federal judges on a series of illustrative issues--civil justice reform, judicial salaries, habeas corpus reform, and judicial bureaucratization--the book illuminates the ways in which the judges' self-interested actions affect the courts and society. Judicial self-interest is not portrayed here as bad or even unexpected, but as a motivational factor of significance for government, law, and society that should be recognized and harnessed appropriately.

About the Author:

CHRISTOPHER E. SMITH is Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. He is the author of 11 books, including Justice Antonin Scalia and the Supreme Court's Conservative Moment (Praeger, 1993) and Critical Judicial Nominations and Political Change (Praeger, 1993).

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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780275952167
  • Publisher: Praeger Publishers
  • Publisher Imprint: Praeger Publishers
  • Height: 240 mm
  • No of Pages: 160
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 403 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0275952169
  • Publisher Date: 19 May 1995
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 18 mm
  • Width: 158 mm

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