This week’s blog forum takes up the relationship between law
and political science. Our guests for the discussion are Frank Cross of the
“The attitudinal model ascribes judicial decisions almost entirely to politics, not precedents. To date, legal scholarship has been remarkably oblivious to this large and mounting body of political science scholarship on courts. Some political scientists have been correspondingly unconscious of the legal model.” Frank B. Cross, Political Science and the New Legal Realism: A Case of Unfortunate Interdisciplinary Ignorance, 92 Nw. U.L. Rev. 251, 252-53 (1997);
“Today, legal academics and political scientists inhabit different worlds with little in common. If they communicate at all, they can barely hear each other; they stand on opposite sides of a great divide, and they are looking in opposite directions.” Gerald Rosenberg, Across the Great Divide (Between Law and Political Science), 3 Green Bag 2d 267, 267 (2000).
We are very pleased that Cross and