The Judiciary and the Role of Law

Mathew D. McCubbins*, Daniel B. Rodriguez

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    This article discusses the judiciary and the role of law. It talks about the implications of the approach for issues in statutory interpretation, and then examines the relationship between the legal and political controls of bureaucracy. The last section in the article focuses on the implications for judicial independence within the larger separation-of-powers system. The emerging literature on Positive Political Theory (PPT) further stresses the political nature of legal decision-making and the dynamic relationship among the legislative, judicial, and executive branches.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Political Economy
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780191577437
    ISBN (Print)9780199548477
    StatePublished - Jun 19 2008


    • Branches
    • Bureaucracy
    • Implications
    • Judicial independence
    • Judiciary
    • Legal controls
    • Political controls
    • Positive political theory
    • Role of law
    • Statutory interpretation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)


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