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6 - Partisan Polarization and Support for Court-Curbing

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 August 2020

Brandon L. Bartels
Affiliation:
George Washington University, Washington DC
Christopher D. Johnston
Affiliation:
Duke University, North Carolina
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Summary

Chapter 6 examines how partisan polarization reduces citizens’ willingness to defend the Supreme Court from curbing attacks. The chapter focuses on two national survey experiments which randomly assign respondents to polarized or unpolarized conditions in the context of a salient Supreme Court ruling. While disagreement with Court decisions always increases support for curbing the Court, the effect of disagreement is substantially larger in polarized relative to unpolarized conditions. The chapter demonstrates that the polarization effect is not due to mere partisan branding and that disagreement with specific decisions has a larger impact on support for narrow than broad curbing.

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Curbing the Court
Why the Public Constrains Judicial Independence
, pp. 175 - 214
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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