Law & Society Review

Law & Society Review is a magazine focusing on Law

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 3, September

Confessions and Criminal Case Disposition in China
This research examines confessions and criminal case disposition in China. It describes how wider economic reforms in China and subsequent changes in its legal system may have affected the nature and consequence of criminal confessions. Bivariate and...
Fair Treatment or Preferred Outcome? the Impact of Police Behavior on Victim Reports of Domestic Violence Incidents
This research is an exploratory test of two hypotheses emerging from debates about how police behavior may influence domestic violence victim reporting. From a procedural justice perspective, victims should be more apt to report victimization when previous...
Fear of Reversal as an Explanation of Lower Court Compliance
Lower courts in the United States are generally responsive to specific precedents and trends in the decisionmaking of their judicial superiors. In this article, we ask why. We test one popular explanation that compliance can be attributed to judges'...
Judicial Decisionmaking and the Use of Panels in the Canadian Supreme Court and the South African Appellate Division
Research on the U.S. Supreme Court suggests that judges' decisions are influenced by their policy preferences. Moreover, judges behave strategically to facilitate outcomes that conform as close as possible to those preferences. We seek to generalize...
Poverty, Welfare, and the Affirmative State
Poverty, Welfare, and the Affirmative State John Gilliom, Overseers of the Poor: Surveillance, Resistance, and the Limits of Privacy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.Michael B. Katz, The Price of Citizenship: Redefining the American Welfare...
The Role of Procedural Justice and Legitimacy in Shaping Public Support for Policing
This study explores two issues about police legitimacy. The first issue is the relative importance of police legitimacy in shaping public support of the police and policing activities, compared to the importance of instrumental judgments about (1) the...