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IPRC Research Meeting – “From a Standard to a Rule: Changes in the Flexibility of Legal Doctrine” with Dr. Christopher Krewson
IPRC Research Meeting

Why do justices shift legal doctrines from standards to rules (or vice versa)? We find that the predominant explanation for doctrinal choices-reining in lower courts-does not bear out empirically. Instead, doctrinal flexibility is predicted by the ideology of the majority coalition and the issue area in which a decision is made.