Jeffrey Segal - American Politics Speaker Series


Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


K262 CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge St.

"Are Supreme Court Justices Merely “Legislators in Robes”?"
Jeffrey Segal, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Stony Brook University

Abstract: We evaluate the claim that Supreme Court justices act like legislators in robes by: (1) comparing unidimensional ideal-point estimations of Congressional and Supreme Court decision making, (2) explicitly tying the Supreme Court’s votes on judicial review of federal legislation to Congressional roll call votes on the same bill, (3) evaluating the effect of policy preferences on decisions to strike federal legislation,   and (4) comparing the influence of the Supreme Court on Congressional decisions to that of Congress on Supreme Court decisions. The evidence strongly suggests that Supreme Court justices act as if they are “legislators in robes.”

This talk is part of the American Politics Speaker Series, organized by Prof. Jon Rogowski and sponsored by the Harvard Department of Government and the Center for American Political Studies (CAPS). This event is free and open to the public.