ERIC Number: ED215388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
"The Brethren": A Case Study.
Palmerton, Patricia R.; Pribble, Paula Tompkins
The problem of change in the character of the United States Supreme Court between 1969 and 1975 is examined, in this paper, in the context of group decision making and organizational communication. Based on information from "The Brethren," a behind-the-scenes account of the Supreme Court justices by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong, the paper points out that with the breaking of norms of procedure by someone in a position of power (most often Chief Justice Warren Burger), the problem of change in the Court's character became exacerbated, taking on the characteristics of an internal crisis. The analysis of selected Supreme Court cases indicates that the breaking of procedural norms coupled with the Court's norms of conflict management created a dilemma for the Court that resulted in the evolution of cumbersome and time-consuming alternative procedures to assure the quality of the Court's work. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Supreme Court
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Denver, CO, February 19-23, 1982).