A Representative Supreme Court? The Impact of Race, Religion, and Gender on Appointments

Synopsis

Perry offers a detailed look at the impact of religion, race, and gender on appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court, and places the factors that have influenced presidential decisions into their historical and political contexts. Analyses of the appointments of eight Catholics, five Jews, one black, and one woman reveal a history of decision-making based on the recognition of specific groups. Perry draws on numerous sources, including interviews with seven Court members, in addressing the question of whether "representative" factors should play a role in nominating justices.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1991