Political Science | Judicial Politics
Y320 | 3454 | Craw


Federal and state courts are important political as well as legal
institutions in the United States.  They are not only responsible for
administering justice, but also constitute a forum for the definition
and enforcement of basic political rights, mediation of economic
transactions, and resolution of political conflicts.  The judicial
system, then, is a vital actor in American public policymaking.  At
the same time, the American judiciary operates in a political
environment, and that environment in multiple ways influences its
actions.  This course addresses the place of the courts in the
American system of government and their influence on American public
policy.