Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Vanderbilt Law Review

Publication Date

2017

Page Number

2051

Keywords

politics and judicial decisionmaking, judges

Disciplines

Judges | Law

Abstract

In twenty-five different experiments conducted on over 2,200 judges, we assessed whether judges' political ideology influences their resolution of hypothetical cases. Generally, we found that the political ideology of the judge matters, but only very little. Across a range of bankruptcy, criminal, and civil cases, we found that the aggregate effect of political ideology is either nonexistent or amounts to roughly onequarter of a standard deviation. Overall, the results of our experiments suggest that judges are not "politicians in robes."

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