The Politics of the Courts

Long, Emma (2022) The Politics of the Courts. In: Developments in American Politics 9. Springer-Palgrave-Macmillan, pp. 155-172. ISBN 978-3-030-89739-0

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The chapter examines how President Trump’s approach to the federal court system and especially the Supreme Court has had a profound impact on their role in the American political system. It highlights how his ability to fill a large number of vacancies, including three Supreme Court seats, by defying normal conventions will shape the composition of the courts for many years to come. The chapter argues that the Trump administration’s highly partisan treatment both of judicial appointments and its interventions in legal disputes has altered the culture in which the legal system operates. This approach has meant that the public perception of the legal system is increasingly politicised, thus undermining the legitimacy of the judiciary and constitutional interpretation. The chapter provides a careful overview of recent Supreme Court decisions to illustrate both its changing agenda and the impact of its changed composition. The chapter also explores the impact of Trump’s appointments to the lower federal courts and assesses proposals for reform of the judicial appointments process.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > American Studies
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2022 10:30
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 14:35
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-89740-6_10

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