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Strategic Judicial Decision Making

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  • Pablo T. Spiller
  • Rafael Gely

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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.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 13321.

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Publication status: published as Strategic Judicial Decision-making Pablo T. Spiller and Rafael Gely The Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics Print Publication Date: Aug 2008 Subject: Political Science, Law and Politics Online Publication Date: Sep 2009 DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199208425.003.0003
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  1. Ariane Lambert-Mogiliansky & Konstantin Sonin & Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, 2007. "Are Russian Commercial Courts Biased? Evidence from a Bankruptcy Law Transplant," Working Papers w0099, Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR).

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