The Psychology Of The Supreme Court

Paperback | March 16, 2006

byLawrence S. Wrightsman

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With the media spotlight on the recent developments concerning the Supreme Court, more and more people have become increasingly interested in the highest court in the land. Who are the justices that run it and how do they make their decisions?The Psychology of the Supreme Court by Lawrence S. Wrightsman is the first book to thoroughly examine the psychology of Supreme Court decision-making. Dr. Wrightsman's book seeks to help us understand all aspects of the Supreme Court's functioning from a psychological perspective. This timely andcomprehensive work addresses many factors of influence including, the background of the justices, how they are nominated and appointed, the role of their law clerks, the power of the Chief Justice, and the day-to-day life in the Court. Dr. Wrightsman uses psychological concepts and researchfindings from the social sciences to examine the steps of the decision-making process, as well as the ways in which the justices seek to remain collegial in the face of conflict and the degree of predictability in their votes.Psychologists and scholars, as well as those of us seeking to unravel the mystery of The Supreme Court of the United States will find this book to be an eye-opening read.

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With the media spotlight on the recent developments concerning the Supreme Court, more and more people have become increasingly interested in the highest court in the land. Who are the justices that run it and how do they make their decisions?The Psychology of the Supreme Court by Lawrence S. Wrightsman is the first book to thoroughly...

Lawrence S. Wrightsman is in the Department of Psychology, University of Kansas.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.3 × 9.41 × 1.18 inPublished:March 16, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019530604X

ISBN - 13:9780195306040

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Table of Contents

1. The Supreme Court: The Least Understood Branch2. The Selective Nature of Supreme Court Justices3. Steps in the Decision-Making Process4. Day to Day in the Life of the Court5. A Psychological Analysis of Decision Formation6. The Rational-Choice Model in Judicial Decision Making7. The Bush v. Gore Decision8. How Individual Justices Affect Decisions9. The Chief Justice: More Influential than Other Justices?10. Can the Court's Decisions Be Predicted?11. Evaluating the ProcessReferencesAuthor IndexSubject Index

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"In light of the recent turnover and media hype surrounding the Supreme Court, Wrightsman's book could not be timelier. This scholarly analysis by the dean of psychology and law researchers examines the predictability of justices' voting patterns, offers insightful profiles of individualjustices, and is chock full of useful information on everything from the nomination and confirmation processes, to how the Court selects and decides cases. It will appeal to anyone interested in how these nine individuals reach the decisions that profoundly influence all of our lives."-- Brian H.Bornstein, Professor of Psychology and Law, University of Nebraska