Political Constraints on Supreme Court Reform
19 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2005
Date Written: October 2005
This essay describes and explains the political constraints that limit structural reform of the Supreme Court, using the failure of Roosevelt's 1937 court-packing plan as a running example. The thesis is that movements for structural reform of the Court have a self-negating tendency. The very conditions that produce demand for structural reform of the Court also tend to produce counterforces that block reform.
Keywords: Supreme Court, reform, court-packing, Roosevelt, judicial appointments, politics
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