Split Definitive: How Party Polarization Turned the Supreme Court into a Partisan Court

  title={Split Definitive: How Party Polarization Turned the Supreme Court into a Partisan Court},
  author={N. Devins and L. Baum},
  journal={The Supreme Court Review},
  pages={301 - 365}
Since 2010, when Elena Kagan replaced John Paul Stevens, all of the Republican-nominated Justices on the Supreme Court have been to the right of all of its Democratic-nominated Justices. This pattern is widely recognized, but it is not well recognized that it is unique in the Court’s history. Before 2010, the Court never had clear ideological blocs that coincided with party lines. Today’s partisan split, while unprecedented, is likely enduring.The very political changes that underlie the… Expand
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