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date: 01 October 2020

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The question of whether partisan or ideological preferences influence judicial decision-making has been the subject of numerous studies. Due to the strong correlation between party and ideology, scholars have often chosen to examine the combined effects of party and ideology. Recently, however, and in spite of the fact that correlation between party and ideology is growing, scholars have begun to investigate the independent effects of party and ideology by studying a unique group of election law cases, where partisan and ideological considerations often conflict. There has also been an emerging interest in identifying the causes behind the increased polarization of the Court. The increased polarized of the Senate is one posited theory.

Keywords: party, ideology, polarization, judges, decisions

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