HomeHome

Profiling Originalism

Jamal Greene; Nathaniel A. Persily; Stephen Ansolabehere

Title:
Profiling Originalism
Author(s):
Greene, Jamal
Persily, Nathaniel A.
Ansolabehere, Stephen
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department(s):
Law
Volume:
111
Persistent URL:
Book/Journal Title:
Columbia Law Review
Abstract:
Originalism is a subject of both legal and political discourse, invoked not just in law review scholarship but also in popular media and public discussion. This Essay presents the first empirical study of public attitudes about originalism. The study analyzes original and existing survey data in order to better understand the demographic characteristics, legal views, political orientation, and cultural profile of those who self-identify as originalists. We conclude that rule of law concerns, support for politically conservative issue positions, and a cultural orientation toward moral traditionalism and libertarianism are all significant predictors of an individual preference for originalism. Our analysis suggests that originalism has currency not only as a legal proposition about constitutional interpretation, but also as a political commodity and as a culturally expressive idiom.
Subject(s):
Public opinion polls--Law and legislation
Law
Item views
156
Metadata:
text | xml
Suggested Citation:
Jamal Greene, Nathaniel A. Persily, Stephen Ansolabehere, , Profiling Originalism, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

Columbia University Libraries | Policies | FAQ