Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Social interactions and the content of legal opinions

Blanes i Vidal, Jordi ORCID: 0009-0002-9237-2049 and Leaver, Clare (2010) Social interactions and the content of legal opinions. . Department of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Full text not available from this repository.


We explore whether interactions between judges affect the citation content of legal opinions. Motivated by the economic and sociological literature on networks, we consider two possible mechanisms: knowledge diffusion - a judge is more likely to be aware of, and hence cite, a prior opinion if he has interacted with its author, and socialization - a judge is more likely to cite a prior opinion positively if he has interacted with its author. We find that English appellate judges randomly assigned to work with the author of a given opinion are more (less) likely to make a discretionary citation of that opinion that is positive (neutral) than judges without an interaction, providing support for the socialization mechanism.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL:
Additional Information: © 2010 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
JEL classification: K - Law and Economics > K4 - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior > K40 - General
Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology > Z13 - Social Norms and Social Capital; Social Networks
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2011 15:03
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:52

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item