Despite the Supreme Court of Canadas crucial role in the countrys 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 institutions internal environment and decision-making processes. Challenging dominant theoretical and methodological approaches that fail to examine individual or structural forces that affect the courts 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.
About the author
Emmett Macfarlane is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, Ontario.
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