Michael A. Zilis

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    When the Supreme Court is under siege from Congress, the Chief Justice strikes down fewer laws

When the Supreme Court is under siege from Congress, the Chief Justice strikes down fewer laws

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As we enter the 2020 primary season, many Democratic candidates have suggested measures to reform the Supreme Court, such as increasing the number of Justices. In new research, Alyx Mark and Michael A. Zilis examine how Chief Justices respond to such legislative threats to curb the Supreme Court. They find that when Congress’ Court-curbing tendencies are their highest, Chief […]

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    Protecting minority rights can undermine the legitimacy of the Supreme Court in the eyes of many Americans

Protecting minority rights can undermine the legitimacy of the Supreme Court in the eyes of many Americans

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Since 2010, the Supreme Court has handed down a number of landmark decisions which have dramatically increased gay rights in the US. But these decisions have often led to a backlash. Using national survey data, Michael A. Zilis finds that the Supreme Court’s decisions actually undermined its legitimacy in the eyes of those who dislike gays, despite the […]

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