Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2013

Department

Political Science

Abstract

This article draws from critical mass studies of gender in other political institutions to inform an application to the US Courts of Appeals. The results demonstrate the utility of considering court-level aspects of diversity. As mixed-sex panels become more common within a circuit, both male and female judges increasingly support plaintiffs in civil rights claims, though the magnitude of the effect is larger for women. The presence of a female chief judge is also positively associated with pro-plaintiff decisions by men and women in sex discrimination cases.

Comments

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy on 3 January 2013, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1554477X.2013.747885.

Original Publication Information

Moyer, Laura. 2013. “Rethinking Critical Mass in the Federal Appellate Courts.” Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy 34(1): 49-71.

DOI

10.1080/1554477X.2013.747885

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