The authors thank John Seth Alexander, Rogério Arantes, Daniel Brinks, Vitor Marchetti, Lincoln Noronha, Vanessa Elias de Oliveira, Luciana de Oliveira Ramos, Jeff Staton, Alexei Trochev, Georg Vanberg, and three anonymous reviewers for detailed comments. Any remaining errors are the authors' responsibility.
Compliance: Conceptualizing, Measuring, and Explaining Adherence to Judicial Rulings
Article first published online: 7 SEP 2012
© 2012 American Bar Foundation
Law & Social Inquiry
Volume 38, Issue 4, pages 803–835, Fall 2013
How to Cite
Kapiszewski, D. and Taylor, M. M. (2013), Compliance: Conceptualizing, Measuring, and Explaining Adherence to Judicial Rulings. Law & Social Inquiry, 38: 803–835. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-4469.2012.01320.x
- Issue published online: 17 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 7 SEP 2012
Public authorities' compliance with judicial dictates is central to legality and constitutionality, may influence broader policy and political outcomes, and can have powerful feedback effects on judicial decision making, independence, and power. As such, it has crucial implications for interbranch relations and the rule of law. Effectively measuring compliance with judicial rulings and clearly explaining when and why elected leaders adhere to courts' mandates present a range of inferential challenges. Building on the groundwork laid in the burgeoning literature on the topic, this article advances two analytic frameworks (one for measuring and one for explaining compliance), offers strategies for grappling with the problems of descriptive and causal inference that arise in studying compliance, and advocates the use of multiple analytic methods to generate and test hypotheses regarding compliance.