Interest in social science and empirical analyses of law, courts and specifically the politics of judges has never been higher or more salient. Consequently, there is a strong need for theoretical work on the research that focuses on courts, judges and the judicial process. The Routledge Handbook of Judicial Behavior provides the most up to date examination of scholarship across the entire spectrum of judicial politics and behavior, written by a combination of currently prominent scholars and the emergent next generation of researchers. Unlike almost all other volumes, this Handbook examines judicial behavior from both an American and Comparative perspective. 

  • Part 1 provides a broad overview of the dominant Theoretical and Methodological perspectives used to examine and understand judicial behavior,
  • Part 2 offers an in-depth analysis of the various current scholarly areas examining the U.S. Supreme Court,
  • Part 3 moves from the Supreme Court to examining other U.S. federal and state courts, and
  • Part 4 presents a comprehensive overview of Comparative Judicial Politics and Transnational Courts.

Each author in this volume provides perspectives on the most current methodological and substantive approaches in their respective areas, along with suggestions for future research. The chapters contained within will generate additional scholarly and public interest by focusing on topics most salient to the academic, legal and policy communities.

chapter |14 pages


Understanding Judicial Behavior—A Work in Progress
ByRobert M. Howard, Kirk A. Randazzo

part I|80 pages

Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives

chapter 1|17 pages

The Attitudinal Model

ByJeffrey A. Segal, Alan J. Champlin

chapter 2|14 pages

Law and Politics in Judicial and Supreme Court Decision Making

ByJ. Mitchell Pickerill, Christopher Brough

chapter 3|14 pages

Strategic Accounts of Judging

ByLee Epstein, Jack Knight

chapter 4|22 pages

Measuring Ideology on the Courts

ByMichael A. Bailey

chapter 5|11 pages

Measuring Law

ByTom S. Clark

part 2|143 pages

The U.S. Supreme Court

chapter 6|17 pages

Historical Development of Supreme Court Research

ByChristopher N. Krewson, Ryan J. Owens

chapter 7|18 pages

Law and Policy in Decision Making

ByLawrence Baum

chapter 8|19 pages

U.S. Supreme Court Legitimacy

Unanswered Questions and an Agenda for Future Research
ByMichael J. Nelson, James L. Gibson

chapter 9|15 pages

The Selection of U.S. Supreme Court Justices

ByJames ben-Aaron, Paul M. Collins, Lori A. Ringhand

chapter 10|14 pages

Opinion Writing in the U.S. Supreme Court

ByPamela C. Corley, Artemus Ward

chapter 11|16 pages

Making Sense of the Supreme Court—Public Opinion Relationship 1

ByPeter K. Enns, Patrick C. Wohlfarth

chapter 12|25 pages

Of Political Principals and Legal Principles

The Solicitor General of the United States
ByRichard L. Pacelle

chapter 13|17 pages

Oral Arguments

ByTimothy R. Johnson, Thomas K. Pryor

part 3|113 pages

Other U.S. Courts

chapter 14|18 pages

The Courts of Appeals

BySusan Haire, Reginald S. Sheehan, Ali S. Masood

chapter 15|21 pages

U.S. District Courts

ByChristina L. Boyd, Ethan D. Boldt

chapter 16|21 pages

What Is So Special About Specialized Courts in the United States?

ByIsaac Unah, Ryan Williams

chapter 17|20 pages

Decision Making in State Supreme Courts

ByMelinda Gann Hall

chapter 18|19 pages

Lower Federal Court Confirmations

Motivations and Strategies
ByAmy Steigerwalt, Wendy L. Martinek

chapter 19|12 pages

Judicial Selection in the States

A Look Back, A Look Ahead
ByChris W. Bonneau, Heather Marie Rice

part 4|161 pages

Comparative Judicial Politics and Transnational Courts

chapter 20|15 pages

Judicial Independence Research Beyond the Crossroads

ByJeffrey Kaplan Staton

chapter 21|19 pages

Strategic Behavior of Comparative Courts

ByBrad Epperly, Monica Lineberger

chapter 22|17 pages

Courts in Developed Countries

ByMichael C. Tolley

chapter 23|21 pages

Courts and Decision Making in Developing Democracies

ByLee Demetrius Walker

chapter 24|18 pages

Law and Courts in Authoritarian Regimes 1

ByTamir Moustafa

chapter 25|22 pages

The International Court of Justice

BySara McLaughlin Mitchell, Andrew P. Owsiak

chapter 26|24 pages

The European Court of Justice

ByJay N. Krehbiel, Matthew J. Gabel, Clifford J. Carrubba

chapter 27|18 pages

Turning to Regional Courts

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights
ByRebecca Reid

chapter |5 pages


Where Do We Go From Here?
ByRobert M. Howard, Kirk A. Randazzo