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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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Conclusions and Implications

Conclusions and Implications

(p.165) CHAPTER 7 Conclusions and Implications
Friends of the Supreme Court

Paul M Collins

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter reviews the key findings presented throughout the book. It first discusses the empirical findings regarding interest group participation in the Supreme Court and their normative implications. Next, the main results of the models of amicus influence are reviewed, paying careful attention to their implications for our empirical and normative understanding of judicial decision making. It is argued that the results be interpreted to imply that the law matters to Supreme Court justices in that the legal persuasion presented to the justices in the form of amicus curiae briefs is capable of inducing the justices to cast votes against their attitudinal predispositions. The chapter then reviews alternative interpretations of the empirical findings presented throughout the book and offers suggestions for future research.

Keywords:   law, amicus curiae, interest groups, Supreme Court, judicial decision making, attitudinal model, legal model, justices, political science, persuasion

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