Governing from the Bench: The Supreme Court of Canada and the Judicial Role

Paperback | July 1, 2013

byEmmett Macfarlane

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In Governing from the Bench, Emmett Macfarlane draws on interviews with current and former justices, law clerks, and other staff members of the court to shed light on the institution’s internal environment and decision-making processes. He explores the complex role of the Supreme Court as an institution; exposes the rules, conventions, and norms that shape and constrain its justices’ behavior; and situates the court in its broader governmental and societal context, as it relates to the elected branches of government, the media, and the public.

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In Governing from the Bench, Emmett Macfarlane draws on interviews with current and former justices, law clerks, and other staff members of the court to shed light on the institution’s internal environment and decision-making processes. He explores the complex role of the Supreme Court as an institution; exposes the rules, conventions...

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In Governing from the Bench, Emmett Macfarlane demystifies the inner workings of the Supreme Court of Canada. Drawing on interviews with current and former justices, law clerks, and other staff members of the court, Macfarlane sheds light on the institution's internal environment and decision-making processes. He explores the complex ...

Emmett Macfarlane is an assistant professor in theDepartment of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.64 inPublished:July 1, 2013Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774823518

ISBN - 13:9780774823517

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Studying Judicial Behaviour

2 The Evolution of the Court and Its Justices

3 Setting the Stage: Exploring Court Processes Leadingto Decisions

4 The Decision: Collegiality, Conflict, andConsensus

5 A Question of Competence: Examining Judicial PolicyMaking

6 The Court in Government and Society: Dialogue, PublicOpinion, and the Media

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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Providing fresh material— including interviews with justices and law clerks— within a role-based framework, Emmett Macfarlane paints a very clear picture of the Supreme Court as an institution.

- Lawrence Baum, Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University