Though The Jury and Democracy presents an original argument, it builds on previous scholarship in law, civic engagement, political participation, and public deliberation. Two recent works that have celebrated the jury as a vital institution in American democracy include Jeffrey Abramson’s We, the Jury: The Jury System and the Ideal of Democracy (Harvard, 2000) and William Dwyer’s In the Hands of the People: The Trial Jury’s Origins, Triumphs, Troubles, and Future in American Democracy (St. Martin’s, 2002). Though we mainly suggest books here, we would be remiss not to recommend two pertinent law articles: Vikram D. Amar’s 1995 essay, “Jury Service as Political Participation Akin to Voting,” (Cornell Law Review, Vol. 80, pp. 203–59), and Barbara Underwood’s 1992 piece, “Ending Race Discrimination in Jury Selection: Whose Right Is It, Anyway?” (Columbia Law Review, Vol. 92, pp. 725–74).
The only work to consider at length the lasting impact of jury service on the jurors themselves is Paula Consolini’s 1992 U.C.-Berkeley doctoral dissertation, Learning by Doing Justice: Private Jury Service and Political Attitudes. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this landmark study helped to close the gaps between jury research, political participation research, and studies of the relationship between legal institutions and political attitudes, and it is available online at our project website, www. jurydemocracy.org.
Books that have looked more closely at the mechanics and pitfalls of the jury system include Neil Vidmar and Valerie Hans’ American Juries: The Verdict (Prometheus, 2007), Randolph Jonakait’s The American Jury System (Yale, 2003), Valerie Hans and Neil Vidmar’s Judging the Jury (Perseus, 1986), and Neil Vidmar’s edited World Jury Systems (Oxford, 2000). Other