The Legal Process from a Behavioral Perspective

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Part Four
STUDIES THAT VIEW LAW MAKING AND ADJUDICATION AS STIMULI TO SUBSEQUENT RESPONSES

THE most important part of this book in terms of generality is Part One, since the conceptual and methodological orientation presented there has widespread applicability for future behavioral studies of the legal process. In terms of theoretical significance, Parts Two and Three are the most important, since they contain much data, verbalizing, and methodology relevant to explaining why the legal process operates the way it does. Part Four, however, is the most important in terms of social significance, because studies that deal scientifically with the effects of legal policies bring us closer to the long-sought goal of applying the scientific method to social and legal improvement rather than just to industrial and technological development.

In addition to their substantive content, each of the four chapters in this part introduces some new methodological techniques that were only casually mentioned, if at all, in the previous chapters. Chapter 22 applies the scalogramming technique to positioning newspapers with regard to their positive and negative attitudes toward the Supreme Court's decisions concerning separation of church and state in the realm of education. It then attempts to account for the differing attitudes of the newspapers in terms of their politics, religion, urbanism, and region by applying a form of correlation analysis which partials out or holds constant inter-

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