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Title: Replication data for: The Norm of Consensus on the U.S. Supreme Court      
dateReleased:
01-21-2009
downloadURL: http://hdl.handle.net/1902.1/10325
ID:
hdl:1902.1/10325
description:
For four decades scholars have sought to explain the rise of dissensus on the U.S. Supreme Court. While the specific explanations they offer vary, virtually all rest on a common story: During the 19th (and into the 20th) century, the Supreme Court followed a norm of consensus. That is, the justices may have privately disagreed over the outcomes of cases but masked their disagreement from the public by producing consensual opinions. The problem with this story is that its underlying assumption lacks an empirical basis. Simply put, there is no systematic evidence to show that a norm of consensus ever existed on the Court. We attempt to provide such evidence by turning to the docket books of Chief Justice Waite (1874-1888), and making the following argument: If a norm of consensus induced unanimity on Courts of by-gone eras, then the norm may have manifested itself through public unanimity in the face of private conference disagreements. Our investigation, which provides systematic support for this argument and thus for the existence of a norm of consensus, raises important questions about publicly -unified decision-making bodies, be they courts or other political organizations.
description:
Lee Epstein; Jeffrey A. Segal; Harold J. Spaeth, 2009, "Replication data for: The Norm of Consensus on the U.S. Supreme Court", http://hdl.handle.net/1902.1/10325, Harvard Dataverse, V1
name:
Lee Epstein
Jeffrey A. Segal
Harold J. Spaeth
homePage: http://www.harvard.edu/
name:
Harvard University
ID:
SCR:011273
abbreviation:
DataVerse
homePage: http://thedata.org/
name:
Dataverse Network Project
ID:
SCR:001997