State Supreme Courts in State and Nation


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Mary Cornelia Aldis Porter and G. Alan Tarr

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This is the first systematic and comprehensive analysis of state supreme courts. Offering detailed case studies of the Alabama, Ohio, and New Jersey supreme courts, G. Alan Tarr and Mary Cornelia Aldis Porter then use this information to assess the state courts' relations with federal courts, their relations with state courts in other states, and their relations with other institutions of state government.

"A significant contribution to the literature on state supreme courts, this book will be of considerable interest to students of the judicial process and of state politics."—Lawrence Baum, Ohio State University

"An excellent systematic and comprehensive analysis of state supreme courts. . . . The only up-to-date book on this important topic. It is well written—the authors have excellent publication records in this subject area to make them well qualified to prepare this text."—Choice

"The framework of analysis established by Tarr and Porter helps us to understand the improvement of one court, the innovation of another, and the controversy of a third. It should also aid lawyers and political scientists alike in studying and evaluating state courts in general and state supreme courts in particular."—Michael E. Solimine, Cincinnati Law Review

"One important contribution of this book is its emphasis on the impact that state supreme court decisions have on each other. . . . State Supreme Courts in State and Nation illuminates the dynamic nature of the U.S. judicial system. The authors show how intrastate factors interact with broader national legal and political forces, mediating the effects in each state through the decisions of supreme courts. This fosters a renewed appreciation for the innovation of U.S. federalism."—George F. Cole, Trial

"A most welcome book. . . . While courts are often afterthoughts in analyses of state politics, Tarr and Porter reaffirm that they play central roles not only in state legal systems but also in resolving political disputes and developing public policy."—Herbert Jacob, Political Science Quarterly

"It is impossible to do justice to the rich descriptions Tarr and Porter provide."—Herbert Jacob, Political Science Quarterly

"Thorough case studies of the Alabama, Ohio, and New Jersey supreme courts, combined with an insightful comparative analysis, highlight the diversity and similarities of these courts with respect to national and intrastate legal and political factors."—Harvard Law Review

"A major contribution to an understanding of American judicial federalism."—C. Herman Pritchett, Perspective

"State Supreme Courts in State and Nation successfully combines the richness of individual case studies with the need to generalize from broad comparisons. In demonstrating the potential of the comparative case study approach, the authors challenge future researchers to discover the peculiar' institutional identities' of state supreme courts across the nation."—Michael C. Tolley, Constitutional Commentary

"A welcome addition to the literature on high courts in the state judiciary."—John H. Culver, Annals of the American Academy of Social and Political Science

"Highly readable. . . . Extraordinarily colorful. . . . Well grounded in solid scholarship. . . . A thorough, detailed, first-rate account that deserves to be on the bookshelf of any scholar seriously concerned about the role of the

judiciary in the American federal system."—Richard Funston, Publius

ISBN: 9780300045901
Publication Date: September 10, 1990
288 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4