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The behavior of federal judges : a theoretical and empirical study of rational choice

Author: Lee Epstein; William M Landes; Richard A Posner
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2013.
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"Judges play a central role in the American legal system, but their behavior as decision-makers is not well-understood, even among themselves. The system permits judges to be quite secretive (and most of them are), so indirect methods are required to make sense of their behavior. Here, a political scientist, an economist, and a judge work together to construct a unified theory of judicial decision-making. Using  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aspectos jurídicos
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lee Epstein; William M Landes; Richard A Posner
ISBN: 9780674049895 0674049896
OCLC Number: 778991177
Description: xv, 422 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: A realistic theory of judicial behavior --
The previous empirical literature --
The Supreme Court --
The Courts of Appeals --
The district courts and the selection effect --
Dissents and dissent aversion --
The questioning of lawyers at oral argument --
The auditioners.
Responsibility: Lee Epstein, William M. Landes, Richard A. Posner.

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Federal judges are not just robots or politicians in robes, yet their behavior is not well understood, even among themselves. Using statistical methods, a political scientist, an economist, and a  Read more...

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