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Building the Judiciary: Law, Courts, and the Politics of Institutional Development

Justin Crowe


How did the federal judiciary transcend early limitations to become a powerful institution of American governance? How did the Supreme Court move from political irrelevance to political centrality? This book uncovers the causes and consequences of judicial institution building in the United States from the commencement of the new government in 1789 through the close of the twentieth century. Explaining why and how the federal judiciary became an independent, autonomous, and powerful political institution, the book moves away from the notion that the judiciary is exceptional in the scheme of Am ... More

Keywords: federal judiciary, American governance, American politics, constitutional democracy, Supreme Court, judicial institution building, partisan politics, electoral politics, architectonic politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691152936
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691152936.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin Crowe, author
Williams College