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date: 15 May 2021

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This chapter examines the constitutional politics of the judiciary, with particular emphasis on judicial structure, judicial personnel, and judicial power. It first considers the constitutional politics of judicial structure, with particular attention to changes in the size of the Supreme Court and the organization of the federal judiciary. It then examines the constitutional politics of judicial personnel, including presidential deliberations about Supreme Court nominations and senatorial assessments as part of the Supreme Court confirmation process. Finally, it analyzes the constitutional politics of judicial power—chiefly in the context of debates surrounding federal jurisdiction and the role and scope of judicial review. It concludes with some brief thoughts on the unique ways in which the politics of the judiciary are thoroughly and in manifold ways constitutionalized.

Keywords: constitutional politics, judiciary, judicial structure, judicial personnel, judicial power, Constitution, Supreme Court, Congress, judicial appointments, judicial review

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