"Acclimation effects" for Supreme Court justices: A cross-validation, 1988-1940
Abbreviated Journal Title
Am. J. Polit. Sci.
FRESHMAN; Political Science
Theory: As they learn a new role, Justices experience an initial period of adjustment to the Supreme Court, which creates voting instability. Hypothesis: Justices during the time 1888-1940 are more likely to experience acclimation effects than those in the modem era. Those with judicial experience, however, may not experience such shifts. Methods: Difference of means tests are employed to consider the differences in voting behavior between the first two years of a justice's tenure on the Court and the remaining years. Results: Twenty-five freshman justices from 1888-1940 experienced a weaker acclimation effect than those in the modern era. Those who lacked judicial experience were particularly prone to experience acclimation effects, especially in judicial power cases.
American Journal of Political Science
Article; Proceedings Paper
""Acclimation effects" for Supreme Court justices: A cross-validation, 1988-1940" (1998). Faculty Bibliography 1990s. 2506.