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Reserves Goodman: PSCI 3312

PSCI 3312

Topic 1: Constitutional Foundations (26 August-30 August)

  1. United States Constitution, Article III
  2. Federalist Papers #78
  3. Federalist Papers #81

Topic 2: Judicial Review (4 September-6 September)

1. Marbury v. Madison (1803)

2. McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)

3. Bilder, Mary Sarah. 2008. "Idea or practice: a brief historiography of judicial review." Journal  of Policy History. 20:6-25


 

Topic 3: Historical Development of the Supreme Court (9 September-13 September)

1. Clinton, Robert Lowry. 2002. "The Supreme Court before John Marshall." Journal of Supreme Court History. 27: 222-239.

2. Crowe, Justin. 2007. "The forging of judicial autonomy: Political entrepreneurship and the reforms of William Howard Taft." Journal of Politics. 69: 73-87.

Library Instruction Day 13 September, UC 2103


Topic 4: Studying the Court Scientifically (16 September-20 September

 

  1. The Choices Justices Make, Chapters 1 and 2
  2. Ideology in the Supreme Court, Chapter 1
  3. Maltzman, Forrest and Paul J. Wahlbeck. 1996. "Inside the U.S. Supreme Court: The reliability of the justices' conference records." Journal of Politics. 58: 528-539.
  4. Familiarize ourselves with some prominent datasets

     

Topic 5: The Justices ( 23 September-27 September)

1. McMahon, Kevin J. 2007. "Presidents, political regimes, and contentious Supreme Court nominees." Law and Social Inquiry. 32: 919-954.

2. Epstein, Lee; Rene Lindstadt, Jeffrey A. Segal, and Chad Westerland. 2006. "The changing dynamics of Senate voting on Supreme Court nominees." Journal of Politics. 68: 296-307.

 


Topic 6: Agenda Control (30 September-4 October)

  1. The Choices Justices Make, Chapter 3 
  2. Moffett,  IKenneth W., Forrest Maltzman, Karen Miranda, and Charles R. Shipan. 2016. "Strategic behavior and variation in the Supreme Court's caseload over time." Justice System Journal. 37: 20-28.
  3. Black, Ryan C. and Ryan J. Owens. 2011. "Solicitor General influence and agenda setting on the U.S. Supreme Court.:" Political Research Quarterly. 64: 765-778.
  4. Black, Ryan C. and Christina L.  Boyd. 2013. "Selecting the select few: The discuss list and the U.S. Supreme Court's agenda-setting process." Social Science Quarterly. 94: 1124-1144.

Topic 7: Opinions and Decision-Making (7 October-11 October)

 

  1. The Choices Justices Make, Chapter 4
  2. Pryor, Tom. 2017. "Using citations to measure influence on the Supreme Court." American Politics Research. 45: 366-402.
  3. Casper, Jonathan D. 1976. "The Supreme Court and national policy making." American Political Science Review. 70: 50-63.
  4. Johnson, Timothy R.. Paul J. Wahlbeck, and James F. Spriggs II. 2006. "The influence of oral arguments on the U.S. Supreme Court." American Political Science Review. 100: 99-113.

Topic 8: Freedom of Expression (14 October-18 October)

1. Ideology in the Supreme Court, Chapter 2

2. New York Times v.  Sullivan (1964)

3. Buckley v. Valeo )1976)

Midterm Examination due on 18 October 2019 at 12:00pm (Central Time)


Topic 9: Criminal Justice (21 October-25 October)

1. Ideology in the Supreme Court, Chapter 3

2. Gideon V. Wainwright, (1966)

3. McDonald v. City of Chicago, (2010)


Topic 10: Takings and Other Issues (28 October-1 November)

1. Ideology in the Supreme Court, Chapters 4 and 5

2. Kelo v. City of New London (2005)

3. Obergefell v. Hodges  (2015)

Current Supreme Court Justice paper due 28 October 2019 at 11:00am


Topic 11: Separated Institutions Sharing Power (4 November-8 November)

1. The Choices Justices Make, Chapter 5 (pgs. 138-157)

2. Carson, Jamie L. and Benjamin A. Kleinerman. 2002. "A switch in time saves nine: Institutions, strategic actors, and FDR's court-packing plan." Public Choice. 113: 301-324.

3. Ringsmuth, Eve M. and Timothy R. Johnson. 2013. "Supreme Court oral arguments and institutional maintenance." American Politics Research. 41: 651-673.

4. Whittington, Keith E. 2005. " 'Interpose your friendly hand': Political supports for the exercise of judicial review by the United States Supreme Court." American Political Science Review. 99: 583-596.


Topic 12: Navigating Public Opinion (11 November-15 November)

1. The Choices Justices Make, Chapter 5 (pgs 157-181)

2. Black, Ryan C., Justin Wedeking, Ryan J. Owens, and Patrick C. Wohlfarth. 2016. "The influence of public sentiment on Supreme Court opinion clarity." Law and Society Review. 50: 703-732.

3. McGuire, Kevin T. and James A. Stimson. 2004. "The least dangerous branch revisited: New evidence on Supreme Court responsiveness to public preferences." Journal of Politics. 66: 1018-1035.


Topic 13: Debating the Future of the Supreme Court (18 November-25 November)

1. Nothing new except what you might want to read to prepare for defending your positions.

Supreme Court History paper due 22 November 2019 at 11:00am


Topic 14: Implications and Conclusions ( 2 December-6 December)

1. The Choices Justices Make, Chapter 6

2. Ideology in the Supreme Court, Chapter 6

 

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