The Supreme Court : an analytic history of constitutional decision making / Tom S. Clark
- Clark, Thomas S., 1980-
- Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
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- Physical Description:
- xxii, 428 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
- Political economy of institutions and decisions
- Machine generated contents note: 1.The History of Constitutional Law: Inside and Outside -- 1.1.A Motivating Example -- 1.2.A Model of Legal Development -- 1.3.Explanation or Description? -- 1.4.The Scope of this Project -- 1.5.A Roadmap to the Book -- 2.Modeling Constitutional Doctrine -- 2.1.Studying Constitutional Law: Approaches and Barriers -- 2.1.1.The US Constitution, Its Elements, and Judicial Interpretation -- 2.1.2.Political Science Approaches to Constitutional Law -- 2.1.3.Political Development and the Law -- 2.1.4.Case-Space Modeling of the Law -- 2.1.5.A Scholarly Divide -- 2.2.The Theory of Latent Political Dimensions -- 2.2.1.Politics as an Organization of the Law -- 2.2.2.Micro foundations and Macropatterns -- 2.2.3.From Microtheories to Political Cleavages and Macropatterns -- 2.3.Conclusion -- 3.An Empirical Model of Constitutional Decision Making -- 3.1.Modeling Judicial Topics and Voting -- 3.2.A Model of Judicial Voting -- 3.2.1.Derivations of Statistical Models of Voting -- 3.2.2.Extending the Model to Multiple Dimensions -- 3.3.A Model of Case Topics -- 3.4.A Unified Model -- 3.5.Conclusion -- 4.The Cases, Votes, and Opinions -- 4.1.The Constitutional Cases -- 4.2.The Justices and their Votes -- 4.3.The Opinions -- 4.4.Conclusion -- 5.Patterns in Constitutional Law -- 5.1.The Topics of Constitutional Law -- 5.1.1.Selecting Dimensionality -- 5.1.2.The Dimensions -- 5.2.The Preference Dimensions of Constitutional Law -- 5.2.1.The Justices and their Preferences -- 5.2.2.The Cases and Cleavages -- 5.3.Legal Issues and Political Cleavages -- 5.3.1.Interpreting Preference Dimensions -- 5.3.2.The Dimension We Do Not Find -- 5.4.Conclusion -- 6.From Civil War to Regulation and Federal Power -- 6.1.Constitutional Law Before the Civil War -- 6.2.Post-bellum Politics and the Shrinking World -- 6.2.1.Macropatterns of Industrialization in Constitutional Law -- 6.2.2.Decision Making and the Politics of Ideological Divides -- 6.2.3.Politics Beyond the Court -- 6.2.4.Politics Inside and Outside the Court -- 6.3.From War to Crisis to Political Realignment -- 6.3.1.Macropatterns in Constitutional Law, 1920-1940 -- 6.3.2.Regulating the Economy -- 6.3.3.Regulating the Individual -- 6.3.4.Internal and External Forces, Structure, and Contingency -- 6.4.Conclusion -- 7.War, Security, and Culture Clash -- 7.1.The End of Dual Federalism: Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and Crime -- 7.1.1.Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, and Federalism -- 7.1.2.Federalizing Criminal Law -- 7.1.3.Federalism and Transition -- 7.2.From Transition to Culture Revolution -- 7.2.1.Civil Liberties and Federalism -- 7.2.2.Social Strife and Constitutional Law -- 7.2.3.Social Change and Constitutional Decision Making -- 7.3.Culture War and Conservative Revolution -- 7.3.1.Law and Order: From the Cold War to the War on Drugs to the War on Terrorism -- 7.3.2.Individual Freedom, Privacy, and Culture Clash -- 7.4.The End of an Era? -- 8.Conclusion -- 8.1.Lessons Learned -- 8.1.1.Social Organization and the Law -- 8.1.2.Electoral Politics and the Path of Constitutional Law -- 8.1.3.Path Dependence and Reinforcing Institutions -- 8.2.Remaining Puzzles -- 8.2.1.There's More to Constitutional Law than Politics -- 8.2.2.Is This Social Science? -- 8.3.American Politics and Analytic History.
- This book presents a quantitative history of constitutional law in the United States and brings together humanistic and social-scientific approaches to studying law. Using theoretical models of adjudication, Tom S. Clark presents a statistical model of law and uses the model to document the historical development of constitutional law. Using sophisticated statistical methods and historical analysis of court decisions, the author documents how social and political forces shape the path of law. Spanning the history of constitutional law since Reconstruction, this book illustrates the way in which the law evolves with American life and argues that a social-scientific approach to the history of law illuminates connections across disparate areas of the law, connected by the social context in which the Constitution has been interpreted.
- 9781108422765 hardcover
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 407-422) and index.
- Source of Acquisition:
- Purchased with funds from the James F. Robb Fund ; 2018
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