Balance & the Bench

Are Judges Political?
An Empirical Analysis of the
Federal Judiciary
Cass R. Sunstein, David Schkade, Lisa M. Ellman, and Andrew Sawicki
Brookings Institute Press, $24.95, 177 pp.

Borked. Filibuster! The nuclear option! The Gang of Fourteen. For two decades now U.S. senators have fought fiercely about the appointments of federal appellate judges, all in the belief that the political ideologies of judges affect their decisions. But do they? This dazzling little book answers the question-and the answer is more interesting than we would have thought. Are Judges Political? will change and deepen the way we think about...

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About the Author

Neil Coughlan, author of Young John Dewey, is a lawyer in Connecticut.

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