The Federal Courts, 5th Edition
For law and courts courses focused on the federal level, this popular spin-off volume from Judicial Process in America, is the perfect supplement. The authors explain the organizational structure of the federal courts, outline the jurisdiction of the three levels of U.S. courts, and pay particular attention to the link between the courts, public policy, and the political environment.
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Table of Contents
Tables and Figures
1. History and Organization of the Federal Judicial System
The Historical Context
The U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Courts of Appeals
U.S. District Courts
Constitutional Courts, Legislative Courts, and Courts of Specialized Jurisdiction
Administrative and Staff Support in the Federal Judiciary
Federal Court Workload
2. Jurisdiction and Policymaking Boundaries
Jurisdiction of State Courts
Jurisdiction and Legislative Politics
3. Federal Judges
Background Characteristics of Federal Judges
Formal and Informal Qualifications of Federal Judges
The Federal Selection Process and Its Participants
The Judicial Socialization Process
The Retirement and Removal of Judges
4. Policy Links between the Citizenry, the President, and the Federal Judiciary
The President and the Composition of the Judiciary
Presidents’ Values and Their Appointees’ Decisions
President George W. Bush and the Federal Judiciary
President Barack Obama and the Federal Judiciary
5. Decision Making by Trial Court Judges
The Legal Subculture
The Democratic Subculture
The Subcultures as Predictors
6. Decision Making in Collegial Courts
Rational Choice Theory
Practical Applications of These Four Approaches
7. Implementation and Impact of Judicial Policies
The Impact of Higher Court Decisions on Lower Courts
Congressional Influences on the Implementation Process
Executive Branch Influences on the Implementation Process
The Impact of Judicial Policies
8. Policymaking by American Judges: A Synthesis
The Nature of the Case or Issue
The Values and Orientations of the Judges
The Nature of the Judicial Decision-Making Process
The Impact of Extraneous Influences
Robert A. Carp, University of HoustonRobert A. Carp is professor of political science at the University of Houston. He is coauthor of Policymaking and Politics in the Federal District Courts; Politics and Judgment in Federal District Courts; The Federal Courts, Fifth Edition, and The State Courts, as well as the author of forty-eight peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.
Ronald Stidham, Appalachian State UniversityRonald Stidham is professor emeritus of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University. He is coauthor of The Federal Courts, Fifth Edition, with Robert A. Carp and Kenneth L. Manning; The State Courts, with Robert A. Carp and Kenneth L. Manning, and numerous articles in legal, social science, and criminal justice journals.
Kenneth L. Manning, University of Massachusetts, DartmouthKenneth L. Manning is professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. He is coauthor with Robert A. Carp and Ronald Stidham of The Federal Courts (Fifth Edition) and The State Courts. Manning's work on the politics of judicial decision-making and federal judicial selection have been published in a variety of journals.