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The Puzzle of Unanimity: Consensus on the United States Supreme Court

Pamela C. Corley, Amy Steigerwalt, and Artemus Ward


This book discusses how the U.S. Supreme Court typically rules on cases that present complex legal questions. Given the challenging nature of its cases and the popular view that the Court is divided along ideological lines, it's commonly assumed that the Court routinely hands down equally-divided decisions. Yet the justices actually issue unanimous decisions in approximately one third of the cases they decide. Drawing on data from the U.S. Supreme Court database, internal court documents, and the justices' private papers, this book provides the first comprehensive account of how the Court reac ... More

Keywords: Supreme Court, justices, judges, decision-making, unanimous decisions, consensus, legal certainty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780804784726
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804784726.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pamela C. Corley, author

Amy Steigerwalt, author

Artemus Ward, author