Since her appointment as the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has had a major, but largely unrecognized, influence on the collective jurisprudence of the Burger and Rehnquist Courts. In this comprehensive and systematic analysis of O'Connor's judicial contributions, Nancy Maveety describes how O'Connor has used accommodationist decision-making strategies to make substantive contributions to the development of both constitutional law and the Court's norms of collegiality. Skeptical of interpretations that seek to impose feminist conventions on O'Connor's judicial behavior, this account combines biographical data with an analytical discussion of O'Connor's crucial decisions. This is important reading for anyone interested in the Supreme Court and contemporary jurisprudence.
Nancy Maveety is associate professor of political science at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the author of Representation Rights and the Burger Years.
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Accommodationist Judge Chapter 2 Jurisprudential Accommodationism: Fact-Based Reductionism and Contextual Conservatism Chapter 3 Behavioral Accommondationism: Alliance with a Winning Coalition, Concurring Strategy, and Pragmatic Centrism Chapter 4 Religion, State, and Community Chapter 5 Reproductive Rights and Burdens Chapter 6 Racial Communities and Communities of Interest Chapter 7 Conclusion: The "Feminist Style" and "Quiet Leadership" Chapter 8 Appendices: Interview Questions Chapter 9 Bibliography Chapter 10 Index