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The Judicial Business Cycle

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Governance Salon featuring Nancy Stuadt, University of Southern California


Staudt’s talk investigates the effects of macroeconomic trends on judicial decision making in the federal context.

Nancy Staudt, a nationally renowned tax and tax policy scholar, is the inaugural holder of the Edward G. Lewis Chair in Law at USC Law. Staudt is the author and editor of many books and articles, she frequently speaks on taxation topics. She has published extensively on the tax and tax policymaking decisions that take place in both the legislative and judicial branches of government, including the recent The Judicial Power of the Purse: How Courts Fund National Defense in Times of Crisis (Chicago University Press 2011). She is currently completing a book, with colleagues on the “Judicial Business Cycle,” which examines how and why economic conditions affect judges’ votes and case outcomes.

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