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dc.contributor.advisor Wise, Charles R. en
dc.contributor.author Christensen, Robert K. en
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-01T22:00:37Z en
dc.date.available 2027-02-01T23:00:37Z en
dc.date.available 2010-06-11T05:35:15Z
dc.date.issued 2010-06-01T22:00:37Z en
dc.date.submitted 2007 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2022/7545 en
dc.description Thesis (PhD) - Indiana University, Public Affairs, 2007 en
dc.description.abstract In this research I focus on courts in their roles as administrators and social policy actors. My research question is whether court administrative behavior alters policy outcomes. While Brown v. Board of Education researchers have typically explored the effectiveness of particular policy tools (e.g., busing, magnets, etc.), I focus here on the managerial and policy implications relative to how often and intensively courts use interventions. In other words, I focus on judicial administrative behavior as a possible, if partial, systematic explanation for judicial impact. Using panel data of approximately 125 school districts, my linear findings suggest that court interventions do manifest an impact on policy. However, nonlinear models suggest that the effect of judicial behavior is bounded by degree; extreme degrees on the adjudicative/political powerbroker continuum (see Diver, 1979) may not correspond with positive policy impact. The evidence from public school desegregation suggests that when one examines the question of degree, there are circumstances when judicial behavior closer by degrees to adjudication may be more effective than judicial behavior that is closer to political exchange. If, as many argue, the nation is as segregated now as a half-century ago, the implications of this study suggest that policy impact in this area of public governance may be related to the types of judicial behaviors used to govern desegregation policy. If the nation decides once again to revisit the present incarnation of school segregation, should federal courts be the ones to pick up the oars as they did in such cases as Missouri v. Jenkins where the court played persistent administrative role for decades? Or, should courts step back and steer, leaving particular desegregation policy choices to school administrators? Before a governance arrangement can be supported that involves extensive court intervention, it should rest on empirical evidence of how courts have "rowed" in the past. In testing a theory of impact based on the continuum between rowing and steering, I provide not only a study of interest for law and courts scholars, but broader lessons for governance that help move public administration beyond the largely dichotomous question of steering versus rowing. en
dc.language.iso EN en
dc.publisher [Bloomington, Ind.] : Indiana University en
dc.subject segregation en
dc.subject courts en
dc.subject public management en
dc.subject judiciary en
dc.subject governance en
dc.subject.classification Political Science, Public Administration en
dc.subject.classification Political Science, General en
dc.title When Courts Manage: Judicial "Rowing" in Desegregation Governance en
dc.type Doctoral Dissertation en


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