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The President and the Supreme Court: Going Public on Judicial Decisions from Washington to Trump

ISBN13: 9781108723893
Published: January 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £22.99

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When presidents take positions on pending Supreme Court cases or criticize the Court's decisions, they are susceptible to being attacked for acting as bullies and violating the norm of judicial independence. Why then do presidents target Supreme Court decisions in their public appeals?

In this book, Paul M. Collins, Jr. and Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha argue that presidents discuss the Court's decisions to demonstrate their responsiveness to important matters of public policy and to steer the implementation of the Court's decisions. Using data from Washington to Trump, they show that, far from being bullies, presidents discuss cases to promote their re-election, policy goals, and historical legacies, while attempting to affect the impact of Court decisions on the bureaucracy, Congress, the media, and the public.

  • Provides the most comprehensive examination of presidential speeches on US Supreme Court decisions
  • Includes stories from the history of the American republic to illuminate how presidential discussions of Supreme Court decisions have and have not changed over time
  • Examines the effect of presidential speeches on the Court, Congress, the media, and the public
  • Blends normative scholarship with empirical and historical data on the relationship between the president and the Supreme Court

Other Jurisdictions , USA
1. Going public and the Supreme Court
2. Going public on pending decisions
3. Going public on decided cases
4. The tone of presidential rhetoric on Supreme Court decisions
5. Presidential calls to Congress
6. Presidential leadership of news coverage
7. Presidents and public opinion
8. Going public on Supreme Court cases before the modern presidency
9. Conclusions