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Dissent on State Supreme Courts: The Differential Significance of Characteristics of Judges

Dean Jaros and Bradley C. Canon
Midwest Journal of Political Science
Vol. 15, No. 2 (May, 1971), pp. 322-346
DOI: 10.2307/2110274
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2110274
Page Count: 25
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Abstract

Dissent in state supreme courts has previously been shown to be associated with state socio-economic and political diversity where those courts are insulated from trial bodies by an intermediate appellate court. Here it is demonstrated that diversity on several judges' characteristics-particularly those which reflect environmental backgrounds-interprets this relationship. Moreover, it is shown that judges' characteristics, in this case those reflective of personal or career circumstances, partly account for dissent in those supreme courts which hear appeals directly from trial bodies. These findings are discussed in relation to the controversy over the role of background characteristics in the decisional behavior of collegial courts.

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