Measuring judicial activism supplies empirical analysis to the widely discussed concept of judicial activism at the united states supreme court complaints about activist court decisions are common within contemporary political discourse but these objections often have little substantive meaning beyond the speakers disagreement with . Measuring judicial activism stefanie lindquist and frank cross focuses on two aspects of judicial behavior the use of judicial power to increase the power of the judicial branch in relation to other political actors and the use of judicial power to further the presumed personal policy preferences of supreme court justices. This book explores the theoretical and empirical dimensions to this controversial subject the main aim of the book is to shift the focus of the academic and political debate over judicial activism to a more objective empirically based approach to analyzing activism in appellate courts. The political and academic debate over judicial activism identifying judicial activism judicial review of federal statutes judicial review of state and local laws judicial review of executive branch actions justiciability and judicial activism overruling supreme court precedents a multidimensional view of judicial activism. In addition to the various ways activism is considered lindquist and cross also take a neutral approach to considering the role ideology plays in judicial activism allowing both liberal and conservative justice to earn such a label based on the extent to which ideological motivations influence their behavior
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