Governing from the Bench: The Supreme Court of Canada and the Judicial Role

UBC Press

Despite the Supreme Court of Canada’s crucial role in the country’s legal system, many Canadians are in the dark about the inner workings of this institution. In Governing from the Bench, Emmett Macfarlane draws on interviews with current and former justices, former law clerks, and other staff members of the court to shed light on the institution’s internal environment and decision-making processes. Challenging dominant theoretical and methodological approaches that fail to examine individual or structural forces that affect the court’s decisions, he explores the complex role of the Supreme Court as an institution; exposes the rules, conventions, and norms that shape and constrain its justices’ behaviour; and situates the court in its wider governmental and societal context. At once enlightening and engaging, Governing from the Bench is a much-needed and comprehensive exploration of an institution that touches the lives of all Canadians.
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About the author

Emmett Macfarlane is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, Ontario.
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UBC Press
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Published on
Dec 22, 2012
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Law / Constitutional
Law / General
Law / Judicial Power
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