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US Supreme Court Opinions and their Audiences.

Author: Ryan C Black; Ryan J Owens; Patrick C Wohlfarth
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
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An investigation of how US Supreme Court justices alter the clarity of their opinions based on expected reactions from their audiences.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Black, Ryan C.
US Supreme Court Opinions and their Audiences.
New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2016
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ryan C Black; Ryan J Owens; Patrick C Wohlfarth
ISBN: 9781316682593 1316682595
OCLC Number: 951972124
Notes: 7.2.1 Methods and results.
Description: 1 online resource (198 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half-title; Title page; Copyright information; Dedication; Table of contents; Acknowledgement; 1 Introduction; 2 A theory: using opinion clarity to enhance compliance and manage public support; 3 Estimating the clarity of Supreme Court opinions; 4 Supreme Court opinions and federal circuit courts; 5 Supreme Court opinions and federal agency implementors; 6 Supreme Court opinions and the states; 7 Supreme Court opinions and the secondary population; 8 Establishing compliance as a function of clarity; 9 Conclusion; References; Index; 1.1 Audiences and the Supreme Court. 1.2 Overcoming audience-based obstacles using opinionclarity1.3 Why care about strategic opinion writing?; 1.4 Structure of the book; 2.1 Literature on responsive compliance; 2.2 Theorizing how the Court uses opinion clarity to enhance compliance and manage public support; 2.3 Face validity for the theory; 3.1 Previous efforts to measure opinion clarity; 3.2 Our approach: textual readability; 4.1 A theory of opinion clarity and federal circuit courts; 4.2 Lower court audiences and legal motivations; 4.3 Lower court audiences and ideological motivations; 4.4 Data and measures. 4.5 Methods and results4.6 Discussion; 5.1 A theory of opinion clarity and federal agencies; 5.2 The Supreme Court and federal agencies; 5.3 How past performance and agency characteristics influence Supreme Court opinion clarity; 5.4 Data and measures; 5.5 Methods and results; 5.6 Discussion; 6.1 A theory of opinion clarity and states; 6.2 Legislative and gubernatorial professionalism; 6.3 Data and measures; 6.4 Methods and results; 6.5 Discussion; 6.6 Appendix to Chapter 6; 7.1 A theory of opinion clarity and the mass public. 7.2 An individual-level analysis of opinion clarityand public opinion7.3 An aggregate analysis of opinion clarity and publicopinion; 7.4 Discussion; 7.5 Appendix to Chapter 7; 8.1 Modeling lower court compliance as a functionof opinion clarity; 8.2 A study of non-elite compliance as a functionof opinion clarity; 8.3 Discussion; 2.1.1 Responsive compliance as a function of ideological congruence with the Supreme Court; 2.1.2 Responsive compliance as a function of opinion coalitions and case characteristics; 2.1.3 Responsive compliance as a function of audience resources. 2.1.4 Responsive compliance as a function of opinion clarity2.2.1 Using clarity to enhance compliance; 2.2.2 Using clarity to manage public support; 3.2.1 Validating our readability measure; 4.2.1 Ensuring legal uniformity through agenda-setting; 4.2.2 Ensuring legal uniformity by writing clear opinions; 4.3.1 Ensuring policy compliance through agenda-setting; 4.3.2 Ensuring policy compliance through opinion clarity; 6.2.1 Professionalism, legislator quality, and informational deficiencies; 6.2.2 Professionalism and obstructionist legislation; 6.2.3 Professionalism and whistle-blowers.

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An investigation of how US Supreme Court justices alter the clarity of their opinions based on expected reactions from their audiences.

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