Susan P. Fino
<p>In "The Role of State Supreme Courts in the New Judicial Federalism," Susan P. Fino presents a comprehensive analysis of the work of the state supreme court in the context of the new emphasis of states' rights. She provides both quantitative and qualitative data on state supreme court decisions, and includes an analysis of over 1,200 opinions rendered by six selected courts, thus laying the foundation for a systematic study of the state supreme court system. Fino also presents hypotheses to explain the variations in decision making observed from state to state. Her work concludes with observations on the prospects for an enhanced role for the state supreme court system, and suggestions for improving the institution.