Frank Cross (University of Texas at Austin) and Thomas Smith (San Diego) have a new paper on SSRN, “The Reagan Revolution in the Network of Law.” Here is the abstract:
This paper analyzes the effect of the
Rehnquist Court on Supreme Court precedent, using a network of all Court citations to other Supreme Court cases. Network analysis enables a study of the Court’s use of precedent that may not be readily visible. We find that the Rehnquist Court has made a dramatic alteration in the network of precedent and, in the process, set the stage for a potentially revolutionary change in the makeup of the law.
The paper can be found here.