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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The TV Judge and Tort Reform

Joshua Wilson and Erin Ackerman have published "TV Judges and the Civil Law Narrative," as a Western Political Science Association 2010 Annual Meeting Paper. Here is the abstract.

This is a collaborative study examining the relationship between popular reality-based judge television shows, 'tort tales,' and the politics of tort reform. TV judge shows share or approximate many features of the tort tale described by Haltom and McCann in Distorting the Law: Politics, Media, and the Litigation Crisis. The question driving our research is whether these TV Judge shows contribute to tort tales' conservative anti-litigation message or, instead, generate counter-narratives about the civil law system. Since tort reform is constantly a political issue, this study addresses one way in which popular support for tort reform might be mobilized.

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