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dc.contributor.authorBarnosky, Melissa
dc.date.accessioned2023-04-13T13:42:02Z
dc.date.available2023-04-13T13:42:02Z
dc.date.issued2021-05
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12648/8604
dc.description.abstractOver the last century, the Supreme Court’s decisions have become increasingly salient to the public, as they regard some of the most polarized topics in American politics. This has prompted serious concern for the institution’s legitimacy. What if citizens begin to view the Court as political as they do the Presidency and Congress? The judicial branch will then no longer be seen as possessing a distinct role in American politics—a role premised on the perception that the Court exercises legal rather than political reasoning. This study will use a survey to determine to what extent the approaches to constitutional interpretation are seen by the public as a proxy for ideology. It will further seek to discover whether average citizens can take their preferred approaches to interpreting the Constitution and apply them to Supreme Court case decisions. If findings reveal that the public consistently conflate ideology and interpretive stances, then the Court’s legitimacy in the public mind is increasingly contingent on politics itself rather than the Court’s ability to remain above politics as an independent institution.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherSUNY Brockport, Honors Collegeen_US
dc.subjectSupreme Courten_US
dc.subjectPublic Opinionen_US
dc.subjectLegitimacy;en_US
dc.subjectConstitutional Theoryen_US
dc.titleOn the Basis of Politics: Public Approval of the Supreme Courten_US
dc.typeHonors Projecten_US
dc.description.versionAMen_US
refterms.dateFOA2023-04-13T13:42:02Z
dc.description.institutionSUNY Cayugaen_US
dc.description.departmentHonors Collegeen_US
dc.description.degreelevelBSen_US
dc.description.advisorOrr, Susan


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