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Scaling court decisions with citation networks

Arnold, Christian ORCID:, Engst, Benjamin and Gschwend, Thomas 2023. Scaling court decisions with citation networks. Journal of Law and Courts 11 (1) , pp. 25-44. 10.1086/717420

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To compare court decisions in a systematic way, it is typically necessary to first read these decisions and then apply legal methods to them. Measurement models that support analysts in this manual labor usually rely on judges’ voting records. Since these data are often not available, we instead propose a latent-variable model that uses the widely available references in court decisions to measure the decisions’ latent position in their common case-space. We showcase our model in the context of forum shopping and forum selling of Germany’s lower courts.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISSN: 2164-6570
Funders: DFG
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 September 2021
Date of Acceptance: 13 September 2021
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2023 16:15

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