This book provides a comprehensive exploration of ideological patterns of judicial behaviour in the Supreme Court of Canada. Relying on an expansive database of Canadian Supreme Court rulings between 1984 and 2003, the authors present the most systematic discussion of the attitudinal model of decision making ever conducted outside the setting of the US Supreme Court. The groundbreaking discussion of the viability of this model as a unifying theory of judicial behaviour in high courts around the world will be essential reading for a wide range of legal scholars and court watchers.
C.L. Ostberg is a professor of political science and director of the pre-law program at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Matthew E. Wetstein is a professor of political science at Delta College in Stockton, California.
In this thorough study, Ostberg and Wetstein apply the attitudinal theory of judicial decision-making, well established in the United States as a predictor of judicial behavior, to Supreme Court of Canada cases between 1984 and 2003 ... The book is clearly and concisely written and of interest to both legal scholars and laypeople with an interest in politics.