What explains dissent on the High Court of Australia? An empirical assessment using a cointegration and error correction approach

Narayan, Paresh Kumar and Smyth, Russell 2007, What explains dissent on the High Court of Australia? An empirical assessment using a cointegration and error correction approach, Journal of empirical legal studies, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 401-425.

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Title What explains dissent on the High Court of Australia? An empirical assessment using a cointegration and error correction approach
Author(s) Narayan, Paresh Kumar
Smyth, Russell
Journal name Journal of empirical legal studies
Volume number 4
Issue number 2
Start page 401
End page 425
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ
Publication date 2007-06
ISSN 1740-1453
1740-1461
Summary This article examines the factors influencing the annual dissent rate on the High Court of Australia from its first full year of operation in 1904 up to 2001 within a cointegration and error correction framework. We hypothesize that institutional factors, socioeconomic complexity, and leadership style explain variations in the dissent rate on the High Court of Australia over time. The institutional factors that we consider are the Court's caseload, whether it had discretion to select the cases it hears, and whether it was a final court of appeal. To measure socioeconomic complexity we use the divorce rate, urbanization rate, and real GDP per capita. Our main finding is that in the long run and short run, caseload and real income are the main factors influencing dissent. We find that a 1 percent increase in caseload and real income reduce the dissent rate on the High Court of Australia by 0.3 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively, holding other factors constant.
Language eng
Field of Research 140305 Time-Series Analysis
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2007, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007787

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