How could a Roberts–Alito court support the Republican agenda?

From an American Political Science Association press release about an article in the November APSR by Keith E. Whittington. The first two sentences say:

Judicial review can revive the stalled legislative agendas of the political majority. This finding challenges the widely held assumption that judicial activism generally contradicts the interest of elected officials.

Quoting Whittington directly, the press release notes that his article examines the conditons under which the US Supreme Court:

assists powerful officials within the current government in overcoming various structural barriers to realizing their ideological objectives through direct political action.


Structural characteristics of political systems such as the United States encourage cooperation between judges and political leaders to obtain common objectives.

Clearly, the article will be worth a read.

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