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The Influence of Women and Racial Minorities Under Panel Decision Making on the U.S. Court of Appeals

Sean Farhang; Gregory J. Wawro

Title:
The Influence of Women and Racial Minorities Under Panel Decision Making on the U.S. Court of Appeals
Author(s):
Farhang, Sean
Wawro, Gregory J.
Date:
Type:
Working papers
Department:
Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
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Series:
ISERP Working Papers
Part Number:
02-07
Publisher:
Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University
Publisher Location:
New York
Abstract:
This paper assesses the impact of gender and race on judicial decisions on the federal Court of Appeals, paying particular attention to the institutional nuances of decision-making on three-judge appellate panels within circuits. Its central question is whether and how racial minority and women judges influence legal policy on issues thought to be of particular concern to women and minorities. Proper analysis of this question requires investigating whether women and minority judges influence the decisions of other panel members. The authors find that the norm of unanimity on panels grants women influence over outcomes even when they are outnumbered on a panel.
Subject(s):
Law
Gender studies
Women's studies
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