The Supreme Court and Legal Change

The Supreme Court and Legal Change

Number of page: 436
Author: Lee Epstein, Joseph F. Kobylka
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
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Category: Law

The authors analyze abortion and death penalty decisions by the Supreme Court and argue that they provide prime examples of abrupt legal change. After proposing that the strength of legal arguments has at least as much impact on Court decisions as do public opinion and justices’ political beliefs, they focus on the way litigators propel certain issues onto the Court’s agenda and seek to persuade the justices to affect legal change.