National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

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Judicial Characteristics and Judicial Decision-Making Study, 1955 (ICPSR 7084)

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This study collected information on the judges serving on American state supreme courts and the United States Supreme Court in 1955. Background data were obtained from standard biographical sources, and judicial decision measures were derived from court records. The variables assessed party identification, organizational affiliations, judicial decision scores in over a dozen separate areas, and the career history of judges.

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Study Description


Nagel, Stuart S. JUDICIAL CHARACTERISTICS AND JUDICIAL DECISION-MAKING STUDY, 1955. Urbana-Champaign, IL: Stuart S. Nagel, University of Illinois [producer], 195?. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1976.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   biographical data, career history, judges, judicial decisions, memberships, political affiliation, state supreme courts, United States Supreme Court, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1955

Date of Collection:  

  • 1955

Universe:   Judges serving on American state supreme courts and the United States Supreme Court.

Data Types:   administrative records data


Data Source:

standard biographical sources and court records


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