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Jurisprudential Regime Theory


Political Science


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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In this paper (part of a book project), I explicate jurisprudential regime theory and develop an understanding of its relation to Shapiro's political jurisprudence as well as rational choice, historical and interpretive forms of institutionalism. I look at how the theory has developed and examine the ways in which scholars have empirically modeled the role of jurisprudence in judicial decision making. Although the attitudinal and strategic models have significantly improved the contemporary understanding of Supreme Court decision making, both models fail to provide a complete picture by failing to effectively incorporate the role of jurisprudence. To fill this gap while building on the contributions of the attitudinal and strategic models, I turn to jurisprudential regime theory.

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MSPA Annual Conference

Conference Location

Chicago, IL

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