Hail to the chief! Leadership and structural change in the level of consensus on the High Court of Australia

Narayan, Paresh Kumar and Smyth, Russell 2004, Hail to the chief! Leadership and structural change in the level of consensus on the High Court of Australia, Journal of emprical legal studies, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 399-427.

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Title Hail to the chief! Leadership and structural change in the level of consensus on the High Court of Australia
Author(s) Narayan, Paresh Kumar
Smyth, Russell
Journal name Journal of emprical legal studies
Volume number 1
Issue number 2
Start page 399
End page 427
Total pages 29
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell
Place of publication Hoboken, N.J.
Publication date 2004-07
ISSN 1740-1453
Summary This article identifies structural breaks in dissenting and single opinions on the High Court of Australia and uses a recent method proposed by Caporale and Grier (2002) to examine the effect of leadership on variations in the dissent rate between 1904 and 2001. Although there has been much speculation about the effectiveness of different Chief Justices in obtaining consensus on the Court, to this point most of the evidence has been anecdotal. Our main findings are that the structural breaks that we identify coincide with major turning points in the leadership of the Court and that leadership has been important in explaining variations in the proportion of dissenting opinions on the Court.
Language eng
Field of Research 140212 Macroeconomics (incl Monetary and Fiscal Theory)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30024722

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
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