Measuring Policy Content on the U.S. Supreme Court

  title={Measuring Policy Content on the U.S. Supreme Court},
  author={Kevin T. McGuire and Georg Vanberg and C. Smith and G. A. Caldeira},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={1305 - 1321}
  • Kevin T. McGuire, Georg Vanberg, +1 author G. A. Caldeira
  • Published 2009
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Politics
  • Political scientists have developed increasingly sophisticated understandings of the influences on Supreme Court decision making. Yet, much less attention has been paid to empirical measures of the Court's ideological output. We develop a theory of the interactions between rational litigants, lower court judges, and Supreme Court justices. We argue that the most common measure of the Supreme Court's ideological output—whether the Court's decision is liberal or conservative—suffers from… CONTINUE READING
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