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Maya Sen
Assistant Professor of Public Policy
phone: (617)495-8628
The Political Ideologies of American Lawyers
Bonica, Adam, Adam S. Chilton, and Maya Sen. "The Political Ideologies of American Lawyers." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP15-049, August 2015.
Abstract
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 United States and the need for a methodology that makes comparing the ideology of specific individuals possible. In this paper, 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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