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“Carp, et. al. have written an introductory text that includes the most recent literature on the judicial politics but do so in a manner that is accessible to students of various backgrounds and knowledge. It is the best textbook for an introductory judicial politics course so that students can learn how the courts at all levels do their work and impact politics and public policy.”
“The text provides a comprehensive introduction to—and survey of—the study of courts, judges, and the American legal process. Written by several widely respected scholars in the field, the text provides extensive coverage of how courts and judges operate and how they relate to the broader society of which they are a part.
“I have been assigning this text for more than 10 years. It is an outstanding textbook to introduce students to the judicial process.”
“This text provides a terrific overview of the legal system – which is my main reason for using it. I also like the Suggested Resources…”
“I would describe it as a very straightforward approach to providing thorough descriptions to many of the main and important topics of the U.S. legal system. It goes into great depth for important topics and it also covers a wide variety of topics. It’s physical size is also nice in that it is not a humongous sized textbook, rather it is easy to use and navigate because the layout of the chapters are easy to understand and nicely divided…”
“I like the book. I like the length and the writing style. It focuses on important information and provides a good source of information on basic structure and procedure. The book is readable, the chapters fairly short and students tell me they like the book and find it a helpful companion to lectures…”
“I have been using this text for 20 years. I most like, and use, the chapters that examine state and federal courts, judges, the groups in the judicial process, and the procedures and prior to, during, and after a trial. These chapters are clearly written and lay out the facts in a well-organized, accessible manner…”
“I would say that it is a thoughtful and comprehensive introduction to the judicial institutions, norms, and practices of the United States, with enough detail to carry an undergraduate course or to set up expanded discussions of selected topics.”
“I would describe this book as a political perspective on the American court system. It encourages readers to think about courts as government organizations and approach their study as one would other political institutions.”
“This book is a well-written, thorough coverage of the judicial process in the United States. It is thorough, without being pedantic. If one is looking to answer a question about how the judicial process should work in the United States, the answer is either in this book or provides the guide to where one should look. In addition to being readable, the book provides references to the scholarly literature that students need to begin a more in-depth analysis of topics in which they are interested.”
“Carp, et al provide a fairly comprehensive introduction to the study of the judicial branch and politics, with both a theoretical and evidence based approach which students can relate to. The material covers the majority of what I cover in my course and needs the supplementation of perhaps one additional text.”