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Judicial Behavior

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Norwegian Supreme Court
Sturlason: Norges Høyesterett.

Supreme Court justices are overlooked, but important, national policy-making players who render final and consequential decisions across a wide range of cases. The decisional behavior of an individual justice is a function of his or her notion as to what makes ‘good’ law, pursued in a cultural-collegial setting that is oriented by majoritarian requirements, while constrained by the legal nature of the case being considered.

Since the 1990s, the Norwegian Supreme Court has transformed itself from a court of resolving individual cases into a powerful policy-making court of precedents. A key part of the research project on judicial behavior includes the Doranoh database that links cases, justices and votes. 

Researchers:

Gunnar Grendstad

William R. Shaffer

Eric N. Waltenburg

Henrik Litlerè Bentsen

Jon Kåre Skiple

 

Key publications:

Bentsen, H. L. (2014). Dissenser i Norges Høyesterett. Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning, 55(1), 3-22.

Bentsen, H. L. (forthcoming). Court Leadership, Agenda Transformation, and Judicial Dissent: A European Case of a 'Mysterious Demise of Consensual Norms'. Journal of Law and Courts.

Grendstad, G., Shaffer, W. R., Skiple, J. K., & Waltenburg, E. N. (2015). Statsvennlighet i Norges Høyesterett 1963-2013. Norsk Statsvitenskapelig Tidsskrift, 31(4), 305-332.

Grendstad, G., Shaffer, W. R., & Waltenburg, E. N. (2010). Revealed Preferences of Norwegian Supreme Court Justices. Tidsskrift for Rettsvitenskap, 123(1), 73-101.

Grendstad, G., Shaffer, W. R., & Waltenburg, E. N. (2011). When justices disagree. The Influence of Ideology and Geography on Economic Voting on the Norwegian Supreme Court. Retfærd, 34(1), 3-22.

Grendstad, G., Shaffer, W. R., & Waltenburg, E. N. (2015). Policy Making in an Independent Judiciary. The Norwegian Supreme Court. Colchester, UK: ECPR Press.

Shaffer, W. R., Grendstad, G., & Waltenburg, E. N. (2015). Is Diversity Just for Show? Diversity and Appointment to the Norwegian Supreme Court 1945-2011. Retfærd, 38(1), 18-42.

Grendstad, G., Shaffer, W. R., & Waltenburg, E. N. (2017). Norway - Managed Openness and Transparency. In R. Davis & D. Taras (Eds.), Justices and Journalists: The Global Perspective (pp. 235-254). New York: Cambridge.

Skiple, J. K. (2015). Ei konkret vurdering i kvart enkelt tilfelle. Ein fleirnivåanalyse av økonomisk stemmegiving i Høgsterett i tidsrommet 1991-2011. Norsk Statsvitenskapelig Tidsskrift, 31(4), 278-304.

Skiple, J. K., Grendstad, G., Shaffer, W. R., & Waltenburg, E. N. (2016). Supreme Court Justices’ Economic Behavior. A Multi-Level Model Analysis. Scandinavian Political Studies, 39(1), 73-94.