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Strategy, careers, and judicial decisions: Lessons from the bolivian courts

Pérez-Liñán, A and Ames, B and Selingson, MA (2006) Strategy, careers, and judicial decisions: Lessons from the bolivian courts. Journal of Politics, 68 (2). 284 - 295. ISSN 0022-3816

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Using survey data from Bolivian trial courts, we explore the relationship between judicial decisions, career goals, and hierarchical pressures in continental legal systems. Based on a principal-agent approach, we hypothesize that inferior court judges are more likely to defer to superior courts when they share their interpretation of the law, when they anticipate reversals, and when they fear political manipulation of judicial careers. In turn, superior judges are likely to exercise informal pressures over inferior court judges who deviate from the former's legal views and do not anticipate their preferences. The conclusions emphasize the utility of survey research for the study of strategic compliance in judicial institutions. © 2006 Southern Political Science Association.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Pérez-Liñán, A
Ames, Bbarrya@pitt.eduBARRYA
Selingson, MA
Date: 1 May 2006
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Politics
Volume: 68
Number: 2
Page Range: 284 - 295
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1111/j.1468-2508.2006.00406.x
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Political Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0022-3816
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Article Type: Review
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 20:45
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:57


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