The Political Ideologies of American Lawyers


Bonica, Adam, Adam Chilton, and Maya Sen. 2016. “The Political Ideologies of American Lawyers.” Journal of Legal Analysis 8 (2): 277-335. Copy at
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The ideology of American lawyers has been a persistent source of discussion and debate. Two obstacles, however, have prevented this topic from being systematically studied: the sheer number of attorneys in the USA and the need for a methodology that makes comparing the ideology of specific individuals possible. In this article, we present a comprehensive mapping of lawyers’ ideologies that has overcome these hurdles. We use a new dataset that links the largest database of political ideology with the largest database of lawyers’ identities to complete the most extensive analysis of the political ideology of American lawyers ever conducted.

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