The authors thank Larry Baum, Nathan Cristler, and Rich Pacelle for their helpful comments on earlier drafts of this article. A previous version of this work was presented at the 2010 Southern Political Science Association Conference in Atlanta.
Experts Judging Experts: The Role of Expertise in Reviewing Agency Decision Making
Article first published online: 22 MAR 2012
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Law & Social Inquiry
Volume 38, Issue 1, pages 55–71, Winter 2013
How to Cite
Miller, B. and Curry, B. (2013), Experts Judging Experts: The Role of Expertise in Reviewing Agency Decision Making. Law & Social Inquiry, 38: 55–71. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-4469.2012.01296.x
- Issue published online: 15 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 22 MAR 2012
What role does judicial subject matter expertise play in the review of agency decisions? Using a data set of decisions in which the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) is reviewed by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, we investigate this question and find that greater subject matter expertise does make it more likely that a judge will vote to reverse an agency decision.