About Me

Robert J. Hume is a Professor of Political Science at Fordham University and is currently serving as the Chair of the Political Science Department. Dr. Hume has degrees from the College of the Holy Cross (B.A.) and the University of Virginia (M.A., Ph.D.). He is the author of three books on law and policy: How Courts Impact Federal Administrative Behavior (Routledge 2009, winner of the 2010 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award in Professional Studies), Courthouse Democracy and Minority Rights: Same-Sex Marriage in the States (Oxford University Press 2013), and Ethics and Accountability on the U.S. Supreme Court: An Analysis of Recusal Practices (Fall 2017, SUNY Press). He has published in American Politics Research, the Law & Society Review, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Justice System Journal, and Publius. His textbook, Judicial Behavior and Policymaking: An Introduction (Rowman & Littlefield), is expected in January 2018.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Southern 2007

On January 6, I presented "Legal Goals and the Transmission of Circuit Court Precedents: Lessons from Federal Administrative Decisions" at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association in New Orleans, LA.

Here is the abstract:

This study examines the transmission of routine precedents among federal circuit court judges, focusing especially on immigration cases. It is hypothesized that judges send signals in their opinions that affect whether other judges cite them, and that these signals matter because judges care about legal goals. The results indicate that legal signals do affect citation patterns, but that judges are also responsive to ideology, the importance of precedents, and the behavior of neighboring and expert circuits.

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