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7 - Procedural Perceptions and Motivated Reasoning

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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Chapter 7 examines how disagreement with the general ideological direction of the Court, as well as disagreement with specific rulings, impacts citizens’ perceptions of the Court’s decision-making procedures. It argues that citizens use these perceptions to rationalize support for Court-curbing when they dislike the Court’s rulings or general policy direction. In observational and experimental data, the chapter finds a strong association between policy disagreement and perceptions that the Court is politicized and its decisions shaped by partisan and ideological interests. The chapter also finds that political engagement generally increases the impact of policy disagreement on procedural perceptions.

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Curbing the Court
Why the Public Constrains Judicial Independence
, pp. 215 - 244
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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