Identifying the Median Justice on the Supreme Court through Multidimensional Scaling: Analysis of “Natural Courts” 1953–1991

@article{Grofman2002IdentifyingTM,
  title={Identifying the Median Justice on the Supreme Court through Multidimensional Scaling: Analysis of “Natural Courts” 1953–1991},
  author={B. Grofman and T. J. Brazill},
  journal={Public Choice},
  year={2002},
  volume={112},
  pages={55-79}
}
  • B. Grofman, T. J. Brazill
  • Published 2002
  • Economics
  • Public Choice
  • Given the fundamental unidimensionality in thedata on Supreme Court voting patterns1951–1993 we observe, we are able todetermine the identity of ``median'' membersof each court in a fashion that does notrequire subjective coding of the extent towhich particular cases reflect left-rightissues. Also, while the exact numericalvalues of MDS-obtained locations cannot becompared across different ``natural courts'',the positions of Supreme Court justicesacross their careers relative to the courtson… CONTINUE READING
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