Judicial Politics in the United States

Mark C. Miller

First Edition • August 5, 2014 • 448 pages

Print ISBN: 9780813346793 • $45.00 USD$58.50 CAN

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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.

Mark C. Miller is Professor of American Politics and Director of the Law and Society program at Clark University. He is also Distinguished Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies at the University of Helsinki for the 2014-2015 academic year. He served as the Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States from 1999-2000. He is author of The View of the Courts from the Hill: Interactions between Congress and the Federal Judiciary (2009), and editor of Exploring Judicial Politics (2008).

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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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“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 book’s empirical approach to judicial politics, as well as the multiple viewpoints regarding issues in the judicial system—kudos to Miller.”

—John R. Hermann, Trinity University

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