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Judicial Politics in the United States examines the role of courts as policymaking institutions and their interactions with the other branches of government and other political actors in the U.S. political system. Not only does this book cover the nuts and bolts of the functions, structures and processes of our courts and legal system, it goes beyond other judicial process books by exploring how the courts interact with executives, legislatures, and state and federal bureaucracies. It also includes a chapter devoted to the courts interactions with interest groups, the media, and general public opinion and a chapter that looks at how American courts and judges interact with other judiciaries around the world.

Judicial Politics in the United States balances coverage of judicial processes with discussions of the courts interactions with our larger political universe, making it an essential text for students of judicial politics.


This textbook explains the basics of the U.S. court system while also exploring the judiciary within a broader political context.

About the Author

Mark C. Miller is professor of American Politics and former chair of the Department of Political Science at Clark University. He is also Director of the Law and Society program there. He served as the Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States from 1999-2000, and he was a Congressional Fellow in the Office of U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone in 1995. He is author of The High Priests of American Politics: The Role of Lawyers in American Political Institutions (1995) and The View of the Courts from the Hill: Interactions between Congress and the Federal Judiciary (2009), co-editor of Making Policy, Making Law (2004), and editor of Exploring Judicial Politics (OUP, 2008). He has been named Teacher of the Year and Advisor of the Year at Clark University.

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Chapter 1: Functions of Courts, Basics of Legal Analysis, and Sources of Law

Chapter 2: Structure of Courts in the U.S.

Chapter 3: Judicial Selection

Chapter 4: The Legal Profession: Lawyers and Judges

Chapter 5: Trial Courts – Criminal Cases

Chapter 6: Trial Courts – Civil Cases

Chapter 7: The Appellate Court Process

Chapter 8: Studying Decision Making on Appellate Courts

Chapter 9: Public Opinion, Interest Groups, the Media and the Courts

Chapter 10: Interactions between Courts and Legislatures

Chapter 11: Interactions between Courts and Executives

Chapter 12: Interactions between Courts and Governmental Bureaucracies

Chapter 13: Courts Beyond the United States



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Miller, Mark C.
Westview Press
General Political Science
Politics - General
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