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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2023-24

GOVT 83.29 The Political Nature of the American Judicial System

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the political nature of the American judicial system.  In examining foundational parts of the political science literature on courts understood as political institutions, the course will focus on the relationship between courts, other political institutions, and the broader society.  The sorts of questions to be asked include:  Are there interests that courts are particularly prone to support?  What factors influence judicial decision-making?  Are judicial decisions influenced by public opinion?  What effects do congressional or executive actions have on court decisions?  What impact do court decisions have?  While the answers will not always be clear, students should complete the course with an awareness of and sensitivity to the political nature of the American judicial system.



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