Logan Strother on Judicial Rhetoric and Institutional Legitimacy
In this episode, Logan Strother, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Purdue University, discusses his article, "An Experimental Investigation of the Effect of Supreme Court Justices’ Public Rhetoric on Perceptions of Judicial Legitimacy," which he co-authored with Colin Glennon, as well as his other scholarship on judicial legitimacy. Strother observes that Supreme Court justices often argue that the Court is an apolitical, neutral arbiter of disputes, in order to increase the institutional legitimacy of the Court. He then presents experimental evidence showing that this legitimizing rhetoric appears to work, especially on people who agree with the outcome of the Court's decisions. Strother is on Twitter at @LoganRStrother.