Lower Courts in Interbranch Conflict Journal Article uri icon



  • AbstractDo inferior courts play a meaningful role in interbranch disputes between the judicial and other branches? In interbranch conflicts involving the judiciary, lower courts move first and may shape the direction of conflict before high courts intervene directly. This paper explores how this organizational feature affects the judiciary‚Äôs ability and willingness to constrain other branches, developing a formal model of an interbranch dispute involving a hierarchical judicial branch. The model demonstrates multiple mechanisms through which lower court decisions may alter the outcomes of interbranch disputes and explores when lower courts will initiate conflict with the other branches.

publication date

  • April 1, 2023

has restriction

  • bronze

Date in CU Experts

  • February 28, 2022 3:23 AM

Full Author List

  • Strayhorn JA

author count

  • 1

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2164-6570

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2164-6589

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 67

end page

  • 85


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