The Legal Process from a Behavioral Perspective

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Curbing the Court: The Politics of Congressional Reaction

Due to its unavoidable involvement in the political process, the Supreme Court has often been an object of congressional attack. Excellent descriptive studies have been made of certain periods of conflict between Congress and the Court,1 but there is a lack of writing that systematically analyzes relations between Congress and the Court throughout American history. It is the purpose of this chapter to analyze in a partially quantitative manner some of the factors that seem to account for the occurrence or nonoccurrence and for the success or failure of congressional attempts to curb the Court.


From a perusal of The Congressional Record and its forerunners and also from the previous literature in the field,2 165 instances of bills designed to curb the Supreme Court were compiled, along with information about their content, sponsor, and fate. In order to keep the data within manageable limits, resolutions and constitutional amend'

The author is very grateful to Nancy J. Fahrnkopf, a former graduate student at the University of Illinois, for the extensive research work she did for an early draft of this chapter.
Walter F. Murphy concentrates on the problems of the Warren Court in his book, CONGRESS AND THE COURT ( 1962) as does PRITCHETT, CONGRESS VERSUS THE COURT ( 1960). Robert Jackson concentrates on the 1937 Court-packing plan in THE STRUGGLE FOR JUDICIAL SUPREMACY: A STUDY OF A CRISIS IN AMERICAN POWER POLITICS ( 1941). Walter Murphy's book was especially suggestive in writing some parts of this chapter.
Ibid. See also Culp, A Survey of Proposals to Limit or Destroy the Power of Judicial Review by the Supreme Court of the United States, 4 IND. L. J. 386, 474 ( 1929); Warren, The Early History of the Supreme Court of the United States in Connection with Modern Attacks on the Judiciary, 8 MASS. L. Q. 1 ( 1922).


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