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Friends of the Supreme CourtInterest Groups and Judicial Decision Making$
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Paul M. Collins

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372144

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372144.001.0001

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(p.1) CHAPTER 1 Introduction
Friends of the Supreme Court

Paul M Collins

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter provides an outline of the book. It begins with a meticulous overview of existing studies of amici curiae, concluding that previous research has failed to establish whether amicus curiae briefs influence decision making on the Supreme Court. It then describes how the current interdisciplinary scholarship seeks to rectify the confusion regarding amicus influence by scientifically analyzing interest group influence on the Supreme Court in terms of: 1) the ideological direction of the individual justices' voting behavior; 2) the consistency of that voting behavior; and 3) the justices' decisions to author or join concurring and dissenting opinions.

Keywords:   Supreme Court, amicus curiae, interest groups, interdisciplinary, judicial decision making

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