Federal Judges and Presidential Power: Truman to Reagan

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Vol: 22, Issue: 4

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Ducat, Craig R.; Dudley, Robert L.
judiciary; judicial politics; federal judge; Law; Judges; Law and Politics
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While there is a considerable literature consisting of commentaries on the substance of federal court decisions about presidential power, there has been little quantitative investigation of political factors influencing judicial decision-making in those cases. Analyzing the votes cast by judges at all levels of the federal judiciary during the post-World War II era, this study examines several conventional expectations about the impact of such political factors as political party affiliation and presidential appointment, the difference between the foreign and military affairs and domestic policy areas, length of judicial tenure, and judges' possession of prior legislative or executive experience.