Strategic Judicial Decision Making

Pablo T. Spiller

University of California, Berkeley – Business & Public Policy Group

Rafael Gely

University of Missouri School of Law

August 2007

NBER Working Paper No. w13321

Abstract:

This survey paper starts from the basic, and intuitive, assumption that judges are human and as such, can be modeled in the same fashion we model politicians, activists, managers: driven by well-defined preferences, behaving in a purposive and forward-looking fashion. We explore, then, the role politics play in judicial decision-making. We provide a brief overview of what is called the «strategic approach,» compare it to alternative approaches to understand judicial behavior, and offer some concluding thoughts about the future of positive analyses of judicial decision-making.

Strategic Judicial Decision Making

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