These Estimable Courts: Understanding Public Perceptions of State Judicial Institutions and Legal…

Hardcover | March 2, 2016

byDamon M. Cann, Jeff Yates

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In These Estimable Courts, Damon M. Cann and Jeff Yates explore how citizens feel about the government institutions at the front lines of jurisprudential policy-making in America - our nation's state and local courts. The book's central focus concerns a primary question of governance: why dopeople support and find legitimate the institutions that govern their lives? Cann and Yates evaluate the factors that drive citizens' support for their state and local courts and that influence peoples' perceptions of the proper role of these courts in our society, as well as how judicialpolicy-making should be made.A viable democracy depends upon citizen belief in the legitimacy of government institutions. Nowhere is this more evident than in judicial institutions. Courts depend heavily on a reservoir of public good will and institutional legitimacy to get their decrees obeyed by the public and implemented byother policy actors. It enables courts to weather the storm of counter-majoritarian decisions and remain effective governing bodies whose edicts are respected and followed. These Estimable Courts takes advantage of new original survey data to evaluate citizens' beliefs about the legitimacy of state courts as well as a number of important related concerns. These include peoples' views concerning how judges decide cases, the role of judges and courts in policy-making,the manner in which we select judges, and finally, the dynamics of citizens' views regarding compliance with the law and legal institutions.

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In These Estimable Courts, Damon M. Cann and Jeff Yates explore how citizens feel about the government institutions at the front lines of jurisprudential policy-making in America - our nation's state and local courts. The book's central focus concerns a primary question of governance: why dopeople support and find legitimate the instit...

Damon M. Cann is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Utah State University. Jeff Yates is Professor of Political Science at Binghamton University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 9.41 × 6.42 × 0.91 inPublished:March 2, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of FiguresList of TablesPreface1. Introduction2. Courts We Can Believe In3. These Estimable Courts: How State Court Legitimacy is Perceived by Citizens4. People in Robes Making Law: Citizens on the Bases of Decision Making5. The Role of the Robe: Considering Courts as Policy Makers6. Who Gets the Gavel? Citizens' Views on the Selection of Judges7. "The Better Angels of Our Nature": On Court Legitimacy and Obeying the Law8. ConclusionAppendix ANotesReferencesIndex

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"Damon Cann and Jeff Yates provide a welcome and pioneering exploration of the contours of public opinion about state high courts using new public opinion data and sophisticated and appropriate analytical techniques. This is a must-read book for judicial scholars and a worthy adoption forupper division undergraduate and graduate courses." --Paul Brace, Clarence Carter Chair in Legal Studies and Professor of Political Science, Rice University