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...

The remainder of this article is only available to paid subscribers.

Print subscribers to Commonweal are entitled to free access to all premium online content. Click here to purchase a print subscription, or if you’re already a print subscriber, register now for premium access.

Online-only subscriptions provide access to all premium online articles for just $34/year or $2.95/month. Click here to subscribe.

Registered users, please log in below:

Topics: 

Share

About the Author

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

Also by this author