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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Attitudinal Decision Making in the Supreme Court of Canada

This book provides a comprehensive exploration of ideological patterns of judicial behaviour in the Supreme Court of Canada. Relying on an expansive database of Canadian Supreme Court rulings between 1984 and 2003, the authors present the most systematic discussion of the attitudinal model of decision making ever conducted outside the setting of the US Supreme Court. The groundbreaking discussion of the viability of this model as a unifying theory of judicial behaviour in high courts around the world will be essential reading for a wide range of legal scholars and court watchers.

288 pages

Law and Society

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures


1 Models of Judicial Behaviour and the Canadian Supreme Court

2 The Viability of the Attitudinal Model in the Canadian Context

3 Measuring Judicial Ideology

4 Attitudinal Conflict in Criminal Cases

5 Attitudinal Conflict in Civil Rights and Liberties Cases

6 Attitudinal Conflict in Economic Cases

7 Attitudinal Consistency in the Post-Charter Supreme Court

8 The Political and Social Implications of Post-Charter Judicial Behaviour




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