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Leading A Constitutional Court: Perspectives From The Federal Republic Of Germany, Peter E. Quint Jan 2006

Leading A Constitutional Court: Perspectives From The Federal Republic Of Germany, Peter E. Quint

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This article, which was a contribution to a Symposium on the office of the Chief Justice of the United States, compares that office with the office of President of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. The article concludes that, while the American Chief Justice possesses more authority in most formal respects, the President of the German Court has on occasion exercised an informal public or private influence that goes well beyond anything of the sort that has been attempted (recently at least) by the American Chief Justice.


Does It Really Matter? Conservative Courts In A Conservative Era, Mark A. Graber Jan 2006

Does It Really Matter? Conservative Courts In A Conservative Era, Mark A. Graber

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This essay explores the likelihood that conservative federal courts in the near future will be agents of conservative social change. In particular, the paper assesses whether conservative justices on some issues will support more conservative policies than conservative elected officials are presently willing to enact and whether such judicial decisions will influence public policy. My primary conclusion is that, as long as conservatives remain politically ascendant in the elected branches of government, the Roberts Court is likely to influence American politics at the margins. The new conservative judicial majority is likely to be more libertarian than conservative majorities in the ...