Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016
POL 320 The Judiciary in Politics
4 hours; 4 credits
An examination of judicial processes and politics in the United States with a focus on the relationship among strategies of legal mobilization, law, and public policy. The course starts with political theorist Alexis de Tocqueville's observation that "there is hardly a political question in the United States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one." The role and effectiveness of the courts and judges as policymakers, and the role of the courts in the policy implementation process will be considered. The central goal of this seminar is to familiarize students with some of the theoretical frameworks and the analytical skills they need to make sense of the exceptional role of law and courts in American political life.
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