Political Ideology and the Judiciary: Conservatism in the Supreme Court
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The dichotomy experienced today of the two most common political ideologies in the United States, liberalism and conservatism, has become influential and pervasive in virtually every facet of government bureaucracy, social institutions, and political thought. Although a relatively recent phenomenon by some standards, the role of liberalism and conservatism (and the relationship between both ideologies) has become a mainstay within the American political system, most notably within American political institutions and political thought. These two ideologies, together, dictate and greatly influence the outcomes of elections, the passage or failure of congressional policy, and the actions of the President himself. Additionally, these two ideologies (with conservatism being the focus of this paper) influence the processes and outcomes of the political and ostensibly apolitical aspects of the judiciary in the venue of the Supreme Court. All aspects of the Supreme Court are, today, subjugated to the influence of political ideology, most notably that of conservatism.
Lucerna. Volume 10: p.121-130