Paul Stancil, 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘚𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘎𝘢𝘮𝘦, 54 Wᴍ & Mᴀʀʏ L. Rᴇᴠ. 1251 (2013).
statutory interpretation, law and economics, transaction costs, model, spatial model, congressional silence, game theory, pivotal politics, positive political theory, congressional override, legislative override
This Article explores the circumstances under which the federal legislative apparatus may be unable to respond to a politically objectionable statutory interpretation from the Supreme Court. The Article builds upon existing economic models of statutory interpretation, for the first time incorporating transaction costs into the analysis. The Article concludes by identifying recent real-world disputes in which transaction costs constrained Congress and the President from overriding the Court.
54 Wm & Mary L. Rev.
William & Mary Law Review