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The Psychology of the Supreme Court$
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Lawrence S. Wrightsman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306040

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306040.001.0001

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A Psychological Analysis of Decision Formation

A Psychological Analysis of Decision Formation

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(p.109) 5 A Psychological Analysis of Decision Formation
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The Psychology of the Supreme Court
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Lawrence S. Wrightsman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306040.003.0005

This chapter addresses the question of whether justices really pay attention to the intentions of the framers of the Constitution and to legal precedents in forming their opinions. It then analyzes the legal model, attitudinal model, and rational choice models of Supreme Court decision-making.

Keywords:   Supreme Court, justices, judicial decision-making, Constitution, legal model, attitudinal model, rational choice model

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