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Influence Relationships within the Supreme Court: A Comparison of the Warren and Burger Courts
Harold J. Spaeth and Michael F. Altfeld
The Western Political Quarterly
Vol. 38, No. 1 (Mar., 1985), pp. 70-83
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/448284
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In order to enhance understanding of the relationships among the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court and to provoke a degree of conceptual and operational standardization — within the judicial subfield, if not more broadly — we operationalized the construct of influence in a previous paper (Altfeld and Spaeth 1984) and measured its effects on the justices who served during the first twelve years of the Burger Court (1969-80). Our purpose here is to test further the utility of our measures by applying them in a comparative context: to the Warren, as well as the Burger, Court so that the dynamics of the relationships of all the justices who served on these Courts may be specified and assessed.
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