Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Judicial Politics in the United States
is a wonderful introductory book for students of public law in America because it analyzes courts in context with other political institutions and within a global context. Miller provides understandable descriptions in a lively manner, as well as real world examples of current debates in judicial politics that will be of interest to all."
Lydia Tiede, University of Houston
"I like Judicial Politics in the United States because of its focus on inter-branch relations, and its consideration of the issue of globalization with American judging. Miller appropriately balances legal analysis with the political science literature. I appreciate the books empirical approach to judicial politics, as well as the multiple viewpoints regarding issues in the judicial systemkudos to Miller."
John R. Hermann, Trinity University
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.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
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
Table of Cases