Monday, May 10, 2010

Law Review Article: Twenty-five years of social science in law (Monahan & Walker, 2010)

Monahan, J., & Walker, L. (2010).  Twenty-Five Years of Social Science in Law.  Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2010-99


Abstract:    

In this Essay, we take the publication of the seventh edition of the casebook Social Science in Law (2010) as an opportunity to reflect on continuities and changes that have occurred in the application of social science research to American law over the past quarter-century. We structure these reflections by comparing and contrasting the original edition of the book with the current one. When the first edition appeared, courts’ reliance on social science was often confused and always contested. Now, courts’ reliance on social science is so common as to be unremarkable. What has changed - sometimes radically - are the substantive legal questions on which social science has been brought to bear.

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