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Federal District Court Civil Decisions, 1981-1987: Detroit, Houston, and Kansas City

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
  • Rowland, C.K.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
case processing; courts; district courts; federal courts; judicial decisions; judicial process
  • Abstract

    These data describe unpublished civil cases filed and terminated in the three federal district courts of Detroit, Michigan, Houston, Texas, and Kansas City, Missouri, between 1981 and 1987. The data were collected to enable researchers to measure the relative influence of local legal environments and politicized judicial appointments on unpublished substantive and procedural outcomes. Variables in the collection specify the date a case was filed and terminated, type of case filed, specific judgment and nature of the decision, whether a monetary award was granted and, if so, the amount involved. Information also is included on whether a government litigant was involved, if a jury trial was requested and by whom, type of attorney for plaintiff and defendant, type and number of motions filed (and by whom), and outcome of appeal, if applicable.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1981-01 / 1987-10
    Time period: 1981-01--1987-10
  • 1987-07 / 1988-08
    Collection date: 1987-07--1988-08
Geographic Coverage
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Kansas City (Missouri)
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Texas
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Civil federal district court cases filed and terminated in Houston, Detroit, and Kansas City, between 1981 and 1987.
Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation (SES-8711857).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9367 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09367.v1
  • Hansen, Wendy L., Johnson, Renee J., Unah, Isaac. Specialized Courts, Bureaucratic Agencies, and the Politics of U.S. Trade Policy. American Journal of Political Science.39, (3), 529-557.1995.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Rowland, C.K. (1990): Federal District Court Civil Decisions, 1981-1987: Detroit, Houston, and Kansas City. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.