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Seminar Guide - The Politics of Supreme Court Decision Making

A guide to seminar-specific resources as well as general help writing a seminar paper.

Print Resources

The following books are available in the Law Library at the call numbers listed. This is just a small sampling of the library's resources on this topic. For more, go to the library catalog and search for the subjects "political questions and judicial power, United States" or "judicial independence, United States".

Lee Epstein, The Choices Justices Make, CQ Press, 1998

KF8742 .E67 1998


Edward Lazarus, Closed Chambers: the First Eyewitness Account of the Epic Struggles Inside the Supreme Court, Times Books, 2005 (revised ed.)

RESERVE KF8742 .L39 2005


Mark Silverstein, Constitutional Faiths: Felix Frankfurter, Hugo Black, and the Process of Judicial Decision Making, Cornell University Press, 1984

KF8744 .S548 1984


Mark V. Tushnet, In the Balance: Law and Politics on the Roberts Court, 2013

KF8775 .T88 2013


Henry Julian Abraham, Justices, Presidents and Senators: a History of Supreme Court Appointments From Washington to Bush II, Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 (5th ed.)

RESERVE KF8742 .A27 2008


Martin M. Shapiro, Law and Politics in the Supreme Court: New Approaches to Political Jurisprudence, Free Press of Glencoe, 1964

KF8748 .S53 1964


Alexander M. Bickel, The Least Dangerous Branch: the Supreme Court at the Bar of Politics, Yale University Press, 1986 (2nd ed.)

KF8742 .B52 1986


Anna L. Harvey, A Mere Machine: the Supreme Court, Congress, and American Democracy, Yale University Press, 2013

KF8742 .H378 2013


Jeffrey Toobin, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, Doubleday, 2007

RESERVE KF8748 .T66 2007


Howard Ball, Of Power and Right: Hugo Black, William O. Douglas, and America's Constitutional Revolution, Oxford University Press, 1991

KF8744 .B34 1991


Jeff Yates, Popular Justice: Presidential Prestige and Executive Success in the Supreme Court, State University of New York Press, 2002

KF8742 .Y38 2002


Lawrence S. Wrightsman, The Psychology of the Supreme Court, Oxford University Press, 2006

KF8748 .W75 2006


Stanley H. Friedelbaum, The Rehnquist Court: In Pursuit of Judicial Conservatism, Greenwood Press, 1994

KF8748 .F75 1994


George Watson, Shaping America: the Politics of Supreme Court Appointments, HarperCollins, 1995

KF8742 .W388 1995


David M. O'Brien, Storm Center: the Supreme Court in American Politics, W.W. Norton & Co., 2014 (10th ed.)

RESERVE KF8742 .O27 2014


William R. Casto, The Supreme Court in the Early Republic: the Chief Justiceships of John Jay and Oliver Ellsworth, University of South Carolina Press, 1995

KF8742 .C388 1995


Joyce A. Baugh, Supreme Court Justices in the Post-Bork Era: Confirmation Politics and Judicial Performance, P. Lang, 2002

KF8776 .B38 2002


Frances Howell Rudko, Truman's Court: a Study in Judicial Restraint, Greenwood Press, 1988

KF8742 .R83 1988