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The Constrained CourtLaw, Politics, and the Decisions Justices Make$
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Michael A. Bailey and Forrest Maltzman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151045

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151045.001.0001

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(p.140) Chapter 8 Conclusion
The Constrained Court

Michael A. Bailey

Forrest Maltzman

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter first summarizes the book's key themes. These are that justices are influenced by more than just the policy preferences emphasized by the attitudinal model; the law matters for justices; and the influence of specific legal doctrines varies across justices. These findings have important implications for understanding the political context of the Court. What does it mean for the legitimacy of the Court that both law and policy influence justices? What do the existence and patterns of these non-policy influences mean for the Court in it relations with the rest of the political system? The remainder of the chapter is devoted to exploring such questions.

Keywords:   Supreme Court justices, attitudinal model, legal doctrines, law, policy preference

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