A major reason that many people are intensely interested in who sits on the Supreme Court is that legal decisions can have great influence on the effectuation or frustration of political objectives. Clayton does not view the trend toward the "judicialization" of politics as necessarily antithetical to democratic values because Court decisions are within the mainstream of contemporary political values and electoral preferences.
Cornell W. Clayton,
The Supply and Demand Sides of Judicial Policy-making (Or, Why Be So Positive about the Judicialization of Politics?),
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