The Politics of Precedent on the U.S. Supreme Court. By
Thomas G. Hansford and James F. Spriggs, II. Princeton: Princeton
University Press, 2006. 176p. $29.95.
Judging on a Collegial Court: Influences on Federal Appellate
Decision Making. By Virginia A. Hettinger, Stefanie A. Lindquist, and
Wendy L. Martinek. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2006.
It is all too rare when books are more than the sum of their
individual articles. Fortunately for scholars of judicial politics, both
The Politics of Precedent on the U.S. Supreme Court and
Judging on a Collegial Court are exactly that. Despite the fact
that earlier incarnations of several chapters previously appeared in
print, both books significantly improve upon the earlier analyses and make
independent and important contributions to the literature on courts. In
fact, some of the results presented in Precedent contradict
previous research published by the authors (see, for example, p. 123).