Dissensus is often viewed in the professional world as a starting point for collaboration; rather than leaving decisions to just one person, dissent offers the opportunity to rethink or reinvent an idea, leading, one hopes, to a better result. When dissensus occurs in a federal court, however, it raises the question of whether this difference of opinion maintains the integrity of the judiciary or undermines its legitimacy. In "Judging on a Collegial Court: Influences on Federal Appellate Decision Making", Virginia Hettinger, Stefanie Lindquist, and Wendy Martinek examine the dynamic that gives rise to such dissensus in federal appeals courts, revealing how the appellate process shapes the content and the consistency of the law.
Virginia A. Hettinger is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. Stefanie A. Lindquist is Associate Professor of Political Science and Law at Vanderbilt University. Wendy L. Martinek is Associate Professor of Political Science at Binghamton University, State University of New York.
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